The Gossiper's/Musicians Whistles
It is a matter of intense pride that each small Peruvian village has its own band of musicians. The problem, however, is that if they use their own musicians when they have a fiesta (party), there would be no one left to party! So, as a practical solution to the problem, they "borrow" the musicians from neighboring villages to play at their party.
The musicians are complemented by a choir of women singing sad and plaintive music. These singers have a soprano register and have the custom of putting one of their hands over their mouths in order to modulate their voices.
The visiting musicians and singers were fed and furnished copious amounts of "chica" (a local alcoholic beverage derived from cactus) and given token pottery figurines in appriciation for their contribution to the fiesta (even today, rural Peru is on the barter system - there is no money!). These designs became commercially successful in the 1980's and are now known as the "Musicians" and the "Gossipers" whistles. More about the Gossipers?
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