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19th century Agiarut from Alaska, in the McManus Galleries, Dundee, Scotland, though this example is missing its bow.

The agiarut (Inuktitut syllabics: ᐊᒋᐊᕈᑦ also known as the Eskimo fiddle) is a bowed instrument native to the Inuit culture of Canada and Alaska.

According to musicologist Beverley Cavanagh,[1] agiarut is the name for a European fiddle, while tautirut is the name for the indigenous bowed box zither. The modern Western fiddle may be referred to as agiaq ("shaman's rubbing stone").[2]


  1. ^ "Agiarut". Retrieved 21 November 2014.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Goebl, Hans; Nelde, Peter H.; Stary, Zdenek; Wlck, Wolfgang ..." Retrieved 21 November 2014.