Pifilca

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The pifilca (Mapudungun language: onomatopoeia of its sound) is a type of ductless flute, resembling a silbato, found in Patagonia, particularly the Argentine provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén.

Description[edit]

It is an aerophone resembling a flute with a longitudinal filo-flauta,[clarification needed] with the tube closed at its lower end and the middle portion with a singular perforation.

It is made of wood of 30-40 centimetres in length, lacking an orifice to obturate.[clarification needed] The tube is bored through its length, approximately halfway through. The instruments emits only one sound, and its one note mixes with a song or group of instruments in a rhythmic manner.