Juan Carlos Franco: Supervivencia y adaptación de la vihuela de arco entre las sociedades shuar, achuar, shiwiar y kichwas del Pastaza de la Alta Amazonía


The vihuela de arco, a musical instrument with a remote background in fourteenth-century Spain and frequently used in Renaissance music, was introduced to America and the Upper Amazon after the Spanish invasion. In Europe it stopped playing at the beginning of the seventeenth century, but today an adaptation of it subsists in the Upper Amazon, incorporated into the systems of musical thought of the Shuar, Achuar and Shiwiar societies that share cultural and linguistic similarities, as well as in the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, an aspect that configures an important musicological finding of the 21st century.

[Amazonia, Shuar, Achuar, Shiwiar, bow vihuela, enchantment aesthetics, musical thought system]