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The kaco is a type of shamanistic drum of the Ainu people, primarily those of Sakhalin Island.[1]


The instrument is made of a wooden branch of willow or larch bent into an ellipse with a membrane of musk deer skin; the drum beater is covered in dogskin.[2]


The word kaco may be a loan-word from the Orok language.[1] The drum may be more formally called senisteh, a word referring to charms in general.[2]


  1. ^ a b Juha Pentikäinen (1996). Shamanism and Northern Ecology. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 305–. ISBN 978-3-11-014186-3. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (31 August 1981). Illness and Healing among the Sakhalin Ainu: A symbolic interpretation. CUP Archive. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-0-521-23636-2. Retrieved 24 August 2012.