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Titles Qeej
Description Qeej (Hmong wind instrument) made by Shong Ger Thao of St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1999. The Hmong language is tonal and Hmong instruments have a tonal quality that allows words to be heard while playing. The Qeej, a free-reed mouth organ, is the most recognizable Hmong instrument and each note can symbolize a word. Qeej players are known as storytellers and often dance while playing. This Qeej is comprised of a wood resonator with a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mouthpiece and six bamboo pipes.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 29 1/2 inches height
43 inches length
3 1/2 inches depth
Nomenclature musical instrument
Materials bamboo (material)
polyvinyl chloride
Creation Made by: Thao, Shong Ger
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made by: Hmong Americans
Music. Instruments. Woodwind Instruments
Dates Creation: Approximately 1999
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 2000.18.1 (Accession Number)

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