Apache Gamblers at San Carlos


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A group of Apache men at San Carlos, Arizona, the center man is playing an Apache violin or fiddle. "Wood that Sings" is a bowed string instrument used by the indigenous Apache people of the southwestern United States. The instrument consists of a plant stalk, such as that of the agave or mescal plant. One or sometimes two strings, often made of horse hair, are secured at both ends of the stalk, a bridge and nut added, and the string is played with a bow resined with pine pitch. The string is touched with the fingers to change its note.

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