Large Musical Bow
Item Information
Na'vi Name

Tsawl Pamtseo Tsko Kllte


Roughly 5 meters

Used by



Instrumental music, preludes to Hometree songs.


Roughly 14 kilograms

Behind the Scenes
First Appearance


The Large Musical Bow of The Ground (Na'vi name: Tsawl Pamtseo Tsko Kllte) is created from a large branch from Hometree. Its use is strictly ceremonial because it is too large to be an effective hunting weapon. It is also used less frequently than its smaller counterpart.


A resonating gourd is loosely but permanently affixed to the string of the bow. The gourd is movable, capable of being slid up and down the string; different positioning on the string creates different fundamental pitches and overtone series. This gourd is held on or near the body of the player, and is moved toward or away from the player to change the resonance. To play the bow, one slides the movable gourd while tapping different places on the string with the tailspike of a stingbat. A small basket rattle, which may be decorated with feathers of indigenous bird species, is attached to the tailspike for an additional percussive element.

The repertoire of the large musical bow is the only strictly instrumental tradition of the Na’vi. The function of these songs is to serve as a prelude to Hometree songs. In this context, the foot of the bow is nestled into the root structure of the Hometree. Vibrations from the string resonate and reverberate throughout the Hometree and can be heard at a distance of over twenty miles.

Materials and ConstructionEdit

The main structure is made from a Hometree branch, the gourd is attached to a bowstring and the tailspike of stingbat with a small rattle attached is used as the plectrum.


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