Apache Gamblers at San Carlos


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A group of three unidentified Apache men at San Carlos, Arizona. The caption on the photo is "Apache Gamblers at San Carlos".  The man sitting in the center 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. The string is played with a bow resined with pine pitch and when touched with the fingers, the note changes.

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