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Catalog # Name Description
1 1970.78.11.21 Necklace White Job's Tears make up the strands. Two strings of seeds strung vertically and connected by white seeds attached horizontally to each strand. Both men and women wear necklaces for everyday decoration among the Machiguenga.
2 1970.78.14.2 Flute This is a Quena flute and is native to the Andean region in Peru. It is traditionally crafted from Totora, a kind of giant bulrush sedge. It produces a much darker timbre than the metal western flute and tends to be shorter. These flutes are still used today, gaining popularity in the 60s and 70s among many contemporary musicians; this trend lasted until the 90s though it is still heavily used among native musicians. Though this Quena is made from Totora, in some Peruvian communities you can find them made from leg bones of Condors. The Quena has six finger holes on the top and one thumb hole on the bottom. Both ends are open, though carved differently to produce the music. 1970.78.14.2 (Flute) image
3 1977.11 Necklace Consists of several kinds of seeds, mostly Job's Tears, interspersed with red and black Abrus precatorius (poisonous) seed and larger brown seeds. Seeds are arranged in this pattern starting from the bottom and going around: one seed, three Job's Tears, and one Abrus precatorius. The necklace and pattern ends with two strands of Job's tears followed by an Abrus precatorius and ending in two large, brown seed shells. Attached is a tag that says "Big Imports Made in Peru".
4 2004.25.16 Maize Small, burlap sack reads "Maize" in black across the front. End sewn shut. Inside holds Andean corn. Burlap has larger weave, so corn can be seen inside. Maize is a large food staple in South America.