Type: Idiophones > Lamellophones > Jawharps >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.21
Area: Northern Philippines.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The afiw is an idioglot jaw harp that is played in the Northern Philippines.
Regional Names: Among the Bontok people it is known as the abafiw, alibaw, olat or onat. Among the Ifugao the afiw is called biqqung or guyud. Among the Kalinga, giwong, onat, ulibao or ulibaw; among the Ibaloy, ko-ding; among the Negrito, kulibao; and among the Isneg, oribao.
Construction: Most of the afiw are made from bamboo, but some are made of brass with a slender triangular tongue cut through a sheet of metal. The tongue remaining fully enclosed but attached only at the base of the triangle.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Oxfordmusiconline.com / Afiw by José Maceda ;