Quijada De Burro

Name: Quijada De Burro.
Type: Struck Idiophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 112.211
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Country: Many, Cuba & Mexico.
Region: Caribbean & Central America.
Acquisition Source: “The Market” just outside the Vancouver Folk Festival.

Description: The quijada, charrasca, or jawbone (in English) it is an idiophone percussion instrument made from the jawbone of a donkey, horse or mule cattle. It is used in music in most of Latin America, including Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Cuba.

Playing Techniques: The quijada is held by the left hand of the musician while being struck by the right hand. It can also be scrapped with a scrapper against the teeth in a similar manner to the guiro.

Construction: The jawbone is cleaned of tissue and dried to make the teeth loose and act as a rattle.