Next in line - My One String Belly Instrument


This is my most recent painting. "My One String Belly Instrument" This little local boy is playing with his makeshift gourd instrument the Belembaotuyan. 

On Guam long ago this instrument was played at weddings or special occasions. Belembao means "swaying of the trees" and Tuyan means " stomach. " one string belly echo" 

I have read that this instrument may have roots from Brazil Making it's way to Guam by someone who had brought the Belembaotuyan and introduced this instrument to the Chamorro people.