Mayan Fiddle

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from notes to “Wood That Sings” (Smithsonian Folkways):

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SAN MATEO IXTATAN –

Population: Chuj Indians.

Date of recording: September 19, 20, 21, 1964

Circumstance of recording: Fiesta de San Mateo (September 18 through 22).

Violin and guitar from the neighboring village, Santa Eulalia. They were playing at the market and at the comedores (restaurants) and bars for 5 cents a tune.

Chuj Indian musicians, from “Music of Guatemala, Volume 2” (Folkways):

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