AMAZONIAN PEOPLE USE
DRUMMING LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE
An Amazonian tribe uses a language based on drumming that allows them to communicate with people up to 20km away.
In a new study, researchers analysed this unusual mode of communication and found that it bears many of the hallmarks of spoken language, imitating the melody and rhythm of words and sentences.
The Boras are an indigenous group occupying the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon, currently comprising only around 1,500 people. Manguare drums are a key element of Bora culture, used for communication both within and between communities. Traditionally, every household would have owned a set, and every community member would have understood messages sent via the drums without explicit training. However, the researchers noted that the Bora language’s days may be numbered in both its spoken and drummed forms. Today, there are only around 20 manguare drums still in existence, and they are gradually falling out of use. At the same time, spoken Bora is gradually being replaced by Spanish.
Sources suggest manguare drums can be used to communicate virtually anything, and messages can be transmitted from house to house in order to pass on information far and wide.