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Oceanian
World Cultures ➔ Uli Uli, Hula Dance Instrument

Identifier:
1983.76.39
Description:
Uli uli, a gourd rattle, containing ali i poe seeds. The gourd is topped with a handle and circular top which is covered in colored feathers. The feathers in the center are yellow and the feathers around the edge are violet. This is the most versatile hula dance instrument.;Uli ulis are traditionally used in Hawaiian hula dances. Held in the hand, they are swung back and forth rythymically to add an accompanying rattle. (Hawaiians are one of the few Pacific cultures that uses rattles for traditional percussion.) This was most likely recently made, but is not a tourist item.;Uli ulis are traditionally used in Hawaiian hula dances. Held in the hand, they are swung back and forth rythymically to add an accompanying rattle. Hawaiians are one of the few Pacific cultures that uses rattles for traditional percussion.
Date:
circa 1980
Materials:
La Amea Tree Gourd, Ali I Poe Seeds, Feather, Cotton Fabric, Split Bamboo
Exhibit/Program
Museum School - Gourds as Musical Instruments (2015)
This music lesson will give students a true understanding of how gourds can be used as natural rattles, scrapers, resonators, or wind instruments. It is a hands-on experience and a true encounter with instruments from around the world made from natural materials.