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  • Author(s): Amado, Andrés, author
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    Oxford Music Online, 2014
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      Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
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    • Abstract:
      Turtle shell idiophone of Mesoamerica, used since pre-Contact times. A fresco in Structure 1 of the Bonampak ruins in Chiapas, Mexico, depicts a Mayan procession accompanied by musical instruments including the turtle shell, which continues to be used in religious processions nowadays. Tortugas are struck with mallets or sticks on the plastron side. In Guatemala, indigenous and Ladino or mestizo (mixed-descent) people use the tortuga. Among the Maya, they accompany dances alongside other instruments. For instance, an ensemble comprising tortuga, trumpet, and tun slit drum accompanies the dance Baile del Tz’unum (dance of the hummingbird), an origins dance from Aguacatán, Huehuetenango. The Q’anjob’al-Mayan word for tun, akte’ (wooden turtle), suggests that the tun might have replaced the tortuga in some Mayan performances such as the Kanhal Che’ (dance of the horse), from Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango. Among Ladinos tortguas feature prominently in the posada, the procession representing Mary and Joseph searching for lodging. As the procession marches, tortugas sound a rhythmic pattern. Although the tortuga has no definite pitch, the pattern uses two types of strokes, the higher-sounding one striking the shell towards its edge and the lower one striking towards the centre (...
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    • ABNT:
      AMADO, A. author. Tortuga. Oxford Music Online, [s. l.], 2014. DOI 10.1093/omo/9781561592630.013.3000000238. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Amado A author. Tortuga. Oxford Music Online. 2014. doi:10.1093/omo/9781561592630.013.3000000238
    • APA:
      Amado, A. author. (2014). Tortuga. Oxford Music Online.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Amado, Andrés, author. 2014. “Tortuga.” Oxford Music Online. doi:10.1093/omo/9781561592630.013.3000000238.
    • Harvard:
      Amado, A. author (2014) ‘Tortuga’, Oxford Music Online. doi: 10.1093/omo/9781561592630.013.3000000238.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Amado, A author 2014, ‘Tortuga’, Oxford Music Online, viewed 26 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Amado, Andrés, author. “Tortuga.” Oxford Music Online, 2014. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/omo/9781561592630.013.3000000238.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Amado, Andrés, author. “Tortuga.” Oxford Music Online, 2014. doi:10.1093/omo/9781561592630.013.3000000238.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Amado A author. Tortuga. Oxford Music Online [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2020 Oct 26]; Available from: