Video . . . Traditional Itza Maya Music
The Mayas were far out and funky . . . much less pragmatic than the folks in Eastern Peru.
This is the type of music you would have heard in the Southern Appalachians between around 1000 AD and 1714 AD. All of the percussion instruments, used by this band, were described by visitors to Creek towns. That large ceramic pot on the far left is a water drum. I strongly suspect that the 50 gallon ceramic pot on display in the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee was actually a Maya water drum.
I have never heard of a Muskogean wind instrument with a gourd on the end. However, the chroniclers of the Hernando de Soto Expedition did mention that the orchestra, accompanying the Great Sun of Kusa, included wind instruments that played the same notes as bassoons. As you will soon hear, much of the Maya music simulated the sounds of nature.
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