Name: Gerudeng.

Type: Tension Harp > Free-reed > Aerophones.

Region: Borneo > South East Asia.

Description: The Gerudeng is a jaw harp that is found among the Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia located on the North Western most of the Island of Borneo and Kalimantan the Indonesian province that makes up two thirds of the the island of Borneo. Gerudeng are no longer played in Sarawak and it is unlikely that they are actively played in Kalimantan.

Gerudeng are tension harps, these are jaw-harps who are activated by pulling a string. Most gerudeng are made from palm stalk, one aluminum example was found. Originally the gerudung were courting instruments they are no longer actively played as most Iban were converted to Christianity.

Citations: Randy Raine-Reusch @ (Gerudeng Article).