Raft Zither
Raft Zither

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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Musical Instruments
World Cultures ➔ Raft Zither

The raft zither, also known as the yomkwo, comes from the Birom people of Nigeria, West Africa. A popular instrument south of the Sahara Desert, it is made by laying narrow reeds next to one another and tying them together in the shape of a raft. Strings running along the entire length of the soundboard are lifted and stretched across two raised pieces of cane, then are plucked to create percussion rhythms for singing and dancing. 
Reeds, Metal
12" h 19" w 1" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Purchased With Funds From The Michigan Humanities Council

Discovery Kit: Music (October 14 2019)

Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Music (April 2020)
Music is one of the first elements of culture that comes to mind. Music is found in all civilizations and has been for thousands of years. Use this collection to investigate a variety of musical instruments from around the world.
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