Arctic predecesor of the jaw harp: suluk

Inuit in the Arctic have created mouth resonating organized sounds with goose feather quilts (suluk) long before they obtained metal jaw harps from European fishermen and whalers. The practice of modulating sounds by vibrating a goose feather quilt not yet disappeared in the 1970’s.

Inuit Suluk Goose Feather Quilt

Photo by Nicole Beaudry, Inukjuaq, Arctic Québec (Canada) 1978.