the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

South and Central America

archeology to today

player1939 Tuxpan, Jalisco player1939 Acatlachque dance player
Yaqui20th century Yaqui player Deer dance YacqiYacqi musician playing the deer dance Pascola danceYacqui Pascola dance
YoromeYorome player 2015 2015 Yorome Sinaloa Festival    
playerunusually, player sitting down, Tarahumara

There are three sizes of drum (tambora) in Tarahumara.
Only the largest has a skin on both sides.

drumTarahumara drum duct flutes1940's Tarahumara duct flutes at auction


pipeTarahumara, NW Mexico, about 1880
mouthpieceTarahumara, NW Mexico
paradeat Independence Day parade
paradeCuetzalan coffee fair
for dancingCuetzalan village; melodies played on a
small drum ( nenetl) and reed flute ( flauta) for dancing
player in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
1979 Mexico City

about Dec 1979, Mexico Day of the Indians

Outside Basilica in Mexico City. Chris Brady reports:

"They danced to two pipe (3-hole) & tabor players. They were a mixed gender team - men and women dressed alike. They danced in two files - forward and back and cross-over. Their costume was tasselled leather over-shirt, tasselled leather trousers, sandals with metal plates as soles, headdress of embroidered head band with vertical feather at rear. The 'sticks' were two pronged wooden rattles with tin-lids in between."


from Veracruz - voladores

The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still
performed today, albeit in modified form, in isolated pockets in Mexico. It is believed to have originated with the Nahua, Huastec and Otomi peoples in central Mexico, and then spread throughout most of Mesoamerica. The ritual consists of dance and the climbing of a 30 meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought. Although the ritual did not originate with the Totonac people, today it is strongly associated with them, especially those in and around Papantla in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The ceremony was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in order to help the ritual survive and thrive in the modern world. video

player playerchild playerYacatan playerat top of pole close-up of handsclose-up of instruments
player on the ground
vol player
more volsthe flying "Caballeros Águila" from Cuetzalan

voladores close-up21st century voladores close-up playerstatuette c British Museum playerlocal statue
from Oaxaca - square drum and pipe  
player player
playerlarge square drum square drumnot known  


Paintings by Romeo Tabuena

1963 paintingpainting by Romeo Tabuena 1963 1971 paintingpainting by Romeo Tabuena 1971 1979 paintingpainting by Romeo Tabuena 1979
1983 paintingpainting by Romeo Tabuena 1983
Pre-Colombian clay 'flutes' here

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