Siku, Antara or Zampoña Native to the Andes, which extend through the states of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, the Siku is also referred to in Quechua as the Antara, or in Spanish as the Zampoña (meaning 'tubes').
Variations in the construction of these instruments are many.
This was because the lover who serenaded his lady with his flute at night told her and everybody else of the pleasure or sorrow produced by her favor or coldness by means of the tune he played, and if two different songs had had the same tune, no one would have known which he meant.
One might say that he talked with his flute." (Chapter 26, Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, "El Inca" Garcilaso de la Vega, 1609 In a phenomenon similar to that of the Native American Plains Flute, the Andean Panflute has enjoyed a surge of international popularity over the past three decades.
One of the earliest instruments of the Americas, ancient Panpipes or Panflutes have been excavated from South America all the way north to Canada, with oldest known examples dating back to 4200 BC.
Peru is deemed the origin of this gorgeous instrument, and modern Andean panpipes, which may be called Siku, Antara or Zampoña, are very popular today across the continents and around the globe.
It is conjectured that they were used in hunting, courting and war.On some panflutes, the tubes are open-ended, and on others, they are stopped.Rondador The Rondador is the national instrument of Ecuador and is distinct in that the chorded pipes produce two tones simultaneously.Amongst the Chippewa, there is a story of a flutist helping a hunchbacked figure with an insect-like face (remarkably similar to Kokopelli of the Southwest).Individual flutemakers in the differing regions of the Eastern Woodlands put their own unique style into the panpipes they made, but researchers believe that techniques were shared across regional groups throughout the area.