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About this Workshop


Learners will learn how to make an Andean musical instrument, usually made from a cactus trunk, but with materials they already have in their houses.

A legend says that it’s sound contains some spiritual powers. Due to that fact, the Palo de Lluvia (or Rainstick) is the main musical instrument during the gods of the rain rituals, which are still practiced today by the Diaguita descendents in Valle de Elqui (La Serena, Chile).  It is also played during the Inti Raymi ceremony, a traditional religious ceremony celebrated every year on June 22 (the winter solstice) in indigenous cultures throughout the Andes.  It is a percussion instrument that may also be used in some relaxation therapies, due to its relaxing sound.

I remember a road trip I made with my parents when I was 10 years old. We were visiting La Serena for the first time, in the north of Chile. There are lots and lots of cactus everywhere, and we noticed an interesting object in some markets.  We asked what that was, and then they started playing it for us! "It's a Palo de Agua," they said.  We were so surprised it was made from cactus!! So we bought one, and we still keep playing it to this day.

 I look forward to us making our very own Palo De Lluvia together!

Please note: This Workshop is great for children 6+ with parents helping hands.

What You'll Need

GLOkit What's a GLOkit?

This Workshop does not require a GLOkit.

Additional Supplies

Each Learner will need:

  • Six pipe cleaners (each approx 30 cm long) 
  • Stapler and staples
  • Three empty toilet paper rolls
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Cereal box
  • Liquid glue
  • Newspaper
  • To fill the cones and make the sound: a handful of dry rice grains, lentils, chick peas and or seeds
  • To decorate our instrument: Colored paper, washi tape, decorative paper, fabric, wool, buttons, yarn,  pompons, magazines clippings, ribbon, - whatever you would like!  The possibilities are endless!

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Carolina CabañasView Profile

My name is Carolina, but you can call me Caro :)  I am of Chilean and Spanish descent.  I love to craft, and I love to learn new crafts.  I also love dogs and airplanes, and cannot envision my life without dogs playing in my big garden!

My life as a craftsperson began at eight years old, when my mom bought me a magazine that demonstrated how to weave beaded bracelets.  To this day, my favorite materials to work with are all kinds of beads, such as toho and miyuki.  I also love working with natural gemstones, wood (or gum), gouges, cold porcelain clay, and traditional thread and needles!

I live in Chile, but have many friends from Australia, Spain, and America.  My favorite thing about living in Chile is that I can get to the mountains or the beach, from my home, in two hours!  I am also able to visit the most arid desert on the planet (Atacama, Chile), as well as the glaciers in the south.

Today, I work as a Crossmedia Designer, which means I apply my artistic skill across a variety of media.  I am so excited to bring these skills to my role as a GLOMADO Instructor.  I LOVE experiencing all the unique cultures around the world, and am so excited for you to get to know some of mine!

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Andean Palo de Lluvia