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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

African
Musical Instruments ➔ Raft Zither

Identifier:
E2007.7.6
Description:
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 layin 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. 
Date:
2006
Materials:
Reeds, Metal
Dimensions:
12" h 19" w 1" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Source:
Purchased With Funds From The Michigan Humanities Council
Exhibit/Program
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.


Maker/Donor
Bayard Gallery of Fine African-American Art
Related Place
Africa