Jaw Harps

  • 20 June, 2020
  • Andrew Ryan
A woman plays an indigenous Taiwanese jaw harp. (Photo by 謝迺岳)

What do you do if you want to say something, but just can’t put it into words? What if you couldn’t even write it down because you came from a culture with no written language? Taiwan’s aborigines have long used music to communicate, and in today’s Ear to the Ground, I bring you a secret language made by a bamboo instrument.