Name: Qilaut.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.321
Diameter: Approx. 50 cm.
Material: Wooden frame, Caribou Skin.
Country: Greenland.
Region: North America.

Qilaut is a frame drum that is played among the Inuit people in Greenland, on display at the Indigenous North American Exhibit @ British Museum, London UK 2019

Description: The qilaut is a frame drum, that is very important in Inuit culture. The qilaut is divided into two sections; the first is the “isik” being the membrane of the strum that is struck. And the second component is the handle for the qilaut is called “pablu”. The drum is played with a kututarq, simple improvised mallet. The diameter of the qilaut is approximate to 50 centimetres.


Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Canadian Virtual Museum / Membranophones / Qilaut ; Qilaut performance between male performer and female singer [youtube] by “Explore Documentary Films” ;

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