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Manufacture of Cowbells

Language: English

The Portuguese cowbell is a traditional idiophone percussion instrument that provides an unmistakable soundscape in rural areas. Alcáçovas is the main manufacturing centre where the cowbells, traditionally used by shepherds to manage livestock, are made. The practice is transmitted from father to son and requires a series of processes before the handmade iron pieces are polished and fine-tuned. Yet the tradition is becoming unsustainable as new grazing methods, cheaper industrial techniques and fewer cowbell makers are leading to its demise.

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Place/region: Portugal, Europe
Series: 2015 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: David Mira
Participant: Daniela Agostinho
Publisher: Alentejo. Turismo do Alentejo - ERT
Published in:
Rights: David Mira

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLTICH-USL-2015-0106500004
Source ref.: DOC:0106500004; CAND:01065
Rights holder: UNESCO; David Mira