Captain James Cook in Tahiti - the 1770's

from The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery.:

Musick is little known to them, yet they are very fond of it; they have only 2 instruments – the flute and the Drum. The former is made of hollow Bamboo about 15 inches long, in which are 3 Holes; into one of them they low with one nostril, stopping the other with the thumb of the left hand, the other 2 Holes they unstop with their fingers, and by this means produce 4 Notes, of which they have made one Tune, which serves them upon all Occasions, to which they sing a number of songs generally consisting of 2 lines and generally in rhime. At any time of the day when they are Lazy they amuse …   more >>
cite as

Captain James Cook, and J C Beaglehole (ed.), The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery., volume 1 (Cambridge, 1955). accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: Tahiti


Captain James Cook

Listening to

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folk music

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1770's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


Experience recounted in Vol 1 of Cook's voyages

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:09:07 +0000