The muhusenoi is a deerbone flute played by the tribal peoples of the interior of Venezuela. There are a number of variations of this instrument in the region that differ primarily in the number of holes. These instruments are usually used in ritual music but some versions are occasionally used for entertainment. These are end blown, with a notch carved into one end of the bone to facilitate playing. The method of performance is usually in imitation of local birdcalls. Some of these instruments are adorned with bird feathers, while others are never adorned.
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