Once a nomadic forest people, the Mbyá Guaraní of northern Argentina were forced to settle onto Jesuit "reductions" during the 17'th century to escape the slave trade. There they were introduced not only to Christianity, but to Western music and instruments from the Baroque period. As gifted craftspeople and musicians, the Guaraní quickly learned how to play and build their own instruments. When the Jesuits were eventually expelled from the continent, the Guaraní returned to the forest with their new instruments, songs and culture in tow.
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