The Angklung comes from West Java, Indonesia and played an important role in Sundanese rice planting and harvesting ceremonies. Each Angklung is created from two to four bamboo tubes which are attached to a horizontal bamboo rod at the bottom. The smaller the tube, the higher the pitch. When shaken in one hand the bamboo tubes slide back and forth producing a single musical note. Since each Angklung is designed to make one sound, musicians often use pairs or perform in groups to create a melody. Today, the Angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia and is often taught in school music classes. On November 18th, 2010, this instrument became a UNESCO World Heritage Item, highlighting its role in Indonesia and beyond.
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.