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This five-sided small plywood stomp box, called a tarima, was used by Martha Gonzalez of the Grammy-winning band, Quetzal. Music along the California borderlands mixes dynamic sounds of R&B and salsa with traditional rhythms from across the globe. The tarima, with roots in both African and Mexican musical traditions, is used like a drum when the performer creates rhythms by tap dancing upon it.
date made
1999 or 2000
1999 or 2000
Physical Description
NA (overall plywood)
NA (overall; base; top nail)
tarima: 5 1/2 in x 22 1/2 in x 18 1/8 in; 13.97 cm x 57.15 cm x 46.0375 cm
shoes: 4 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 8.89 cm x 24.13 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Martha Gonzalez
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Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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