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Coro Qom Chelaalapi

Coro Qom Chelaalapi are a choir belonging to an indigenous tribe from the Chaco region of Argentina. They formed as a means of passing down their culture to future generations in the absence of any formal records and have been declared a living cultural heritage by UNESCO.

The tribe believe in a maximum divinity and shamanism is a large part of their belief system. Their songs have a mythology and their bespoke instruments have deep significances. For example they use an invique which is a single string violin (previously made from animal carcass but now made of tin) that represents the sounds made by a jaguar sharpening its claws on the trunk of a tree. The violin was used as a form of contacting loved ones or as a means to find love amongst the mountain dwellers.


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