Role in Mapuche culture
The cultrun is a ceremonial drum and the most important musical instrument in Mapuche culture. It is used by the machi (healer or sorcerer) for religious and cultural rituals. It is also used during the annual fertility rite of Ngillatun.
It can be played in two different ways, either held in the hand and struck with a drumstick or resting on the floor and played with two sticks.