Photo Project “52 Bolivian Sundays” [week 39, ‘Saturated’: the Quena Case].

28 Sep

The Quena Wood Case

Saturated. With colors. My offer for this week’s photo challenge, still sharing bits and pieces of the Bolivian culture, through the 52 Bolivian Sundays Photo Project! šŸ˜®

This photo was taken during one of our recent hikes, just outside La Paz, through the Valle de La Luna unique geological formations. Flute players, Andean musicians usually come over and greets adventurers and pass-byers with their art… in more ways than one!

This beautiful wood case is commonly used to carry the Quena set, the traditional Andean flute. Note the unique wood work inside the case, all the colorful faces, carefully design to represent different Bolivian pueblos.

TheĀ quenaĀ is a South American wind instrument, mostly used by Andean musicians.

And here, a little bit of ‘cultural’ background… šŸ˜®

TheĀ quenaĀ (Quechua:Ā qina, sometimes also written “kena” in English) is the traditionalĀ fluteĀ of theĀ Andes. Traditionally made ofĀ bambooĀ or wood, it has 6 finger holes and one thumb hole, and is open on both ends or the bottom is half-closed (choked). To produceĀ sound, the player closes the top end of the pipe with the flesh between his chin and lower lip, and blows a stream of air downward, along the axis of the pipe, over an elliptical notch cut into the end.Ā 

Quena is mostly used in traditionalĀ Andean music. In the 1960s and 1970s the quena was used by severalĀ Nueva CanciĆ³nĀ musicians, this use was in most cases for particular songs and not as a standard instrument but some groups such asĀ IllapuĀ have used it regularly. In the 1980s and 1990s some post-Nueva CanciĆ³n rock groups have also incorporated the quena in some of their songs; notablyĀ Soda StereoĀ inĀ Cuando Pase el TemblorĀ andĀ Los Enanitos VerdesĀ inĀ Lamento Boliviano. The quena is also relatively common inĀ World music.

ā™„Ā Enjoy as you please, and thanks for stopping by!Ā ā™„



Posted by on September 28, 2013 in ART, BOLIVIA, photography, TRAVEL


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26 responses to “Photo Project “52 Bolivian Sundays” [week 39, ‘Saturated’: the Quena Case].

  1. Opalla

    September 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for giving a link to my post “Saturated” ! šŸ™‚


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

      You’re more than welcome – always my pleasure to share other bloggers’ interpretations! šŸ˜®


  2. Lucid Gypsy

    September 29, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Art inside a box, lovely!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 29, 2013 at 3:59 am

      Isn’t that right? It’s simply a wooden case, to house the flutes… but quite lovely, indeed! šŸ˜®


  3. Island Traveler

    September 29, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Love the vibrant colors!


  4. Beauty Along the Road

    September 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I always enjoy seeing these beautiful, one-of-a-kind art pieces, especially if they also serve a functional purpose. So different from the uniformity of plastic “art” from you know where….
    thank you for the pingback!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Glad you liked it! and the wood case is fully hand-made/hand-colored… definitely, one-of-a-kind, the opposite of the mass-production we’re so overwhelmed by! Thanks for stopping by! šŸ˜®


  5. frizztext

    September 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love the saturated colors of South America!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      They’re everywhere down here, right? This is the third country I’m living in… and the richness [of colors, textures, fabrics] remains the same! Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting – much appreciated!


  6. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    September 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    truly saturated…are they a “Happy” people …colors usually make me happy!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Happy, indeed! Thank you for stopping by and checking it out! šŸ˜®


  7. erick143

    September 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    it’s so colorful


  8. erick143

    September 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Erick_s08blog.


  9. likeitiz

    September 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    This is lovely. Thanks for showing us Bolivian art. So colorful.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you very much, Likeitiz! It’s my pleasure to share some of the unique traits displayed by the Bolivian culture… and like you, I do love the colors over here! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!



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