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Ey’tey jahmka hiru’taya
Three to five meters long
Social music, ritual use
Limb of Hometree, still attached
|Behind the Scenes|
While the individual holes create distinctly different resonant pitches, this instrument is not perceived as a melodic instrument by the Na’vi. It is used as a strictly rhythmic accompaniment for social dances and, with multiple drummers, can create a mesmerizing polyrhythm. During Uniltaron, or “Dream Hunt,” women take over the drumming activities. It is felt that the ecstatic behavior of the men during Uniltaron is so wild and erratic, they may unintentionally harm themselves by trying to climb and play this tree.
- Pandorapedia - Tree Drum article