Type: Chordophones > Bows > Braced >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 311.111
Country: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Region: Central America.
Description: The Quijongo is a musical bow played by the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is known as caramba [carimba] in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Playing Techniques: Pitches and harmonics are obtained by opening and closing the bottom of the gourd with the left hand while striking the taut string above or below the resonator with a stick held in the right hand.
Construction: A length of thin flexible wood up to 140 cm in length; is slightly curved with a metal or hemp string attached to both ends of the arc. The string is divided a third to halfway along by a small attached jicara gourd resonator.
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