111.11 Concussion sticks or stick clappers

One of a pair of concussion idiophones.

The concussion sticks were part of a systematic collection of objects of the Mbuti pygmy hunters of the Ituri Rain Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, made during the 1950s by Colin Turnbull. His monograph 'The Mbuti Pygmies:and Ethnographic Survey' was published in 1965 and provides detailed information as to the use of these materials. Turnbull also made recordings of Mbuti music and song. The sticks were used to accompany communal singing.

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