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A picture of 2 fadnos.

The fadno is a reed instrument of the Sami people (also known as "Lapp") of Scandinavia. The instrument features a reed and three to six (generally four) fingerholes,[1] and appears to have no parallels among the surrounding Scandinavian peoples.[2]

The instrument is made from a 15-30cm length of the angelica plant (fadno, the term for one-year-old angelica), from which the instrument derives its name.[3] The instrument's reed is unusual, categories as "idioglottic concussion reed".[4]

Fadnos were played with Sami drums together with joik.

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  1. ^ Etnografiska museet (Stockholm, Sweden); Statens etnografiska museum (Sweden) (1948). Ethnos. Routledge on behalf of the National Museum of Ethnography. p. 90. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  2. ^ American Anthropological Association; Anthropological Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.); American Ethnological Society (1948). American anthropologist. American Anthropological Association. p. 673. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Arthur Spencer (1978). The Lapps. Crane, Russak. ISBN 978-0-8448-1263-2. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Åke Hultkrantz. Swedish Research on the Religion and Folklore of the Lapps. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 85, No. 1/2 (1955), pp. 81-99