Amos Gustina

Amos Gustina

first quarter of the 20th century
wood with pigments
18 ½ x 4 inches
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This piece was created by the renowned Apache artist, Amos Gustina (1858-1945) commonly called an "Apache Fiddle," this tsii'edo'a'tl (Apache for "wood that sings") are generally made from the dried stalk of an agave plant and is also called ki'zh ki'zh di'hi (buzz sound), which describes the musical sound created. This instrument was commonly used to play ceremonial songs, social dance songs and love songs.

A nomadic tribe, the Apache peoples originated in Alaska and Canada and migrated southward to the American Southwest. At the time this was created, the Apache occupied areas of present-day New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

Custom display stand is included.

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