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Object Name Tambourine
Date 1925-1965
Description 10" Leedy tambourine used by the grandmother of JoAnes Gillespie, Anunciacion (Anunci) Amias Jayo. The wood on the tambourine is varnished with a dark color. The Leedy maker's mark is to the left of the thumb hole in the wood. 17 metal "jingles" are staggered around the wood circle. Each jingle is set into a rectangle cut-out with rounded ends. A small metal post runs through the center of the two metal circles making up the jingle and into the wood on either side. 29 metal tacks hold the synthetic skin onto one side of the wood circle. The tambourine is obviously handmade, as the tacks are not inserted at regular intervals. The skin is coated with some kind of lustrous coating, which is worn off on the majority of the top due to use. The coated areas are yellow, and the uncoated areas are cream colored or brown. The underside of the skin is not coated, and appears cream-colored. "7760" is written in pencil on the underside of the skin.

Anunci was born March 25, 1887 in Lequeitia, Viscaya, Spain, and died February 2, 1981. This tambourine was used anywhere from the 1920s on. She married Anastacio Jayo on September 2, 1912. JoAnes Gillespie remembers her grandmother Anuci always using this tambourine. It was used at the boardinghouse in Boise, and also at the family home at 1101 E. Jefferson Street. Jo said she played the instrument during family gatherings. She would play the castanets, tambourine and spoons. Jo thought that her grandmother acquired her instruments in Boise. There are photos of Anunci Jayo in the Songs of the Basques.

In an interview on 04/05/2004, Jo said, "She would sing and play the tambourine and castanets and she also played spoons when we were little kids. She would take two spoons and put the backs together and then hit them in her hand or on her knee."

In an interview on 10/11/2004, Jo said, "I remember her in her living room on Jefferson Street. After dinner they'd (her daughters) would try to get her to sing and play. They'd hand her the tambourine, or the castanets or even the spoons. She had great rhythm and seemed to love music. She'd sing 'God Blessed to you, America' - standing proudly as she sang it."
Object Number 2004.018.002