The agiarut (Inuktitut syllabics: ᐊᒋᐊᕈᑦ also known as the Eskimo fiddle) is a bowed instrument native to the Inuit culture of Canada and Alaska.

According to musicologist Beverley Cavanagh,[1] agiarut is the name for a European fiddle, while tautirut is the name for the indigenous bowed box zither. The modern Western fiddle may be referred to as agiaq ("shaman's rubbing stone").[2]


  1. Cavanagh, Beverley (2011-10-26). Tautirut. 1. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.l2215013.
  2. Goebl, Hans; Nelde, Peter H.; Stary, Zdenek; Wölck, Wolfgang (2008-07-14). "7.3 Lexicon". Contact Linguistics. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science. 12. Walter de Gruyter. p. 1052. ISBN 978-3-11-020324-0.

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