Symbolism | Purpose | Rattle | Drum | Air Instruments


All aspects of the music are significant and full of power, and cannot be detached from the religion, culture, and history of the Arapaho. Arapaho musical instruments are used to accompany singing and sometimes dancing, (for which they provided cues); as toys, and as symbols of sounds of nature and animals. There are no documented examples of solely instrumental music- the instruments always accompanied by singing.


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