TAINOS OF PUERTO RICO
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||Their round thatch roofs homes were called bohíos. Bohíos were made from, reed, bamboo and tree branches tied together; grass was woven into them and they were packed with mud.|
|Taínos carved cemís (idols) from wood, stone, and clay. Cemís were said to encompass the spirit of the god Yucahú. Cemís came in all sizes and mostly were three pointers. Nitaínos carved elaborate cemís and some were painted and decorated with gold and precious stones.|
|Their drums were hollowed tree trunks that were hit with sticks to produce rhythmic sounds.|
Güiros were a rhythmic instrument carved from the marimbo gourd. The güiro was scrapped back and forth with a fork like devise to make sound.
||Maracas were music shakers carved out of hollowed out gourds. Some were skillfully carved. Two holes were made at different ends and pebbles were inserted inside for sound. The holes where then plugged with a stick that served as a handle. The maracas were then dried.|
||Dujos were short four legged seats with back rests. Most were carved with religious symbols and some were elaborately carved and decorated with gold and semiprecious stones. The cacique's dujo had a taller back rest.|