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The huēhuētl /ˈweːweːt͡ɬ/ is a percussion instrument from Mexico, used by the Aztecs and other cultures. It is an upright tubular drum made from a wooden body opened at the bottom that stands on three legs cut from its base, with skin stretched over the top. It can be beaten by hand or wood mallet.


Terminology[1] 1st Component 2nd Component
English Nahuatl IPA English Nahuatl IPA English Nahuatl IPA
drum huēhuētl /ˈweːweːt͡ɬ/ old (adjective) huēhuē /ˈweːweː/ singular noun suffix -tl /t͡ɬ/
medium size drum panhuēhuētl /panˈweːweːt͡ɬ/
large drum tlālpanhuēhuētl /t͡ɬaːɬpanˈweːweːt͡ɬ/ on the ground or
throughout the country
tlālpan /ˈt͡ɬaːɬpan/ drum huēhuētl /ˈweːweːt͡ɬ/
war drum yāōhuēhuētl /yaːoːˈweːweːt͡ɬ/ war yāōtl /ˈjaːoːt͡ɬ/ drum huēhuētl /ˈweːweːt͡ɬ/
huēhuētl drummer huēhuēhuah /weːˈweːwaʔ/
drumming tlatzotzonalli /t͡ɬat͡sot͡soˈnalːi/
to drum tlatzotzona /t͡ɬat͡soˈt͡sona/
musical instrument tlatzotzonalōni /t͡ɬat͡sot͡sonaˈloːni/


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nahuatl dictionary. (1997). Wired humanities project. Retrieved August 31, 2012, from link
  • Coe, Michael D. (2002); Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs London: Thames and Hudson.