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Object Name Instrument, Percussion
Other Name Castanets
Date 1920s-unknown
Description A set of castanets used by the grandmother of Jo Gillespie. These castanets appear to have been made form a mold, and are possibly made form Bakelite. The maker's mark for "Elton" is in raised letters on the back of each portion of each castanet. The two sides of each castanet is held together by a twisted pink and yellow cord made out of synthetic material.

This castanet set was used by Anunciacion (Anunci) Amias Jayo. Anunci was born March 25, 1887 in Lequeitia, Viscaya, Spain, and died February 2, 1981. She married Anastacio Jayo on September 2, 1912. This set was used anywhere from the 1920s on. JoAnes Gillespie remembers her grandmother always using these black castanets. They were used at the boardinghouse in Boise, at the family home (1101 E. Jefferson Street) and during family gatherings. She would play the castanets, tambourine and spoons. Jo thought that her grandmother had originally acquired the set in Boise. Many Basque musicians used castanets. 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 2004.018.001