The History And Development Of Musical Instruments From The Earliest Times.

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The botuto, which Gumilla saw used by some tribes near the river Orinoco (of which we engrave two examples), was evidently
an ancient Indian contrivance, but appears to have fallen almost into oblivion during the last two centuries. It was made of baked clay and was commonly from three to four feet long: but some trumpets of this kind were of enormous size. The botuio with two bellies was usually made thicker than that with three bellies and emitted a deeper sound, which is described as having been really terrific. These trumpets were used on occasions of mournĀ­ing and funeral dances. Alexander von Humboldt saw the botuto among some Indian tribes near the river Orinoco.
Besides those which have been noticed, other antique wind instruments of the Indians are mentioned by historians; but the descriptions given of them are too superficial to convey a
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