Audio Recording "My cuatro is made out of a wood called Palo Santo'"

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"My cuatro is made out of a wood called Palo Santo'"
Contributor Names
Rodriguez, Manuel (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Musicians
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with musician Manuel Rodriguez.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks MR to describe the instrument. MR says his cuatro is made of rosewood, called Palo Santo, because the tree that Christ's cross was made from was the rosewood tree,so Puerto Ricans call that "holy wood". Another part is made out of the yagrumo tree, a tree found mostly in the rain forests of Puerto Rico. The leaves are silver on one side, and green on the other. Tourists love that tree, because when the wind blows they see both sides, green and silver. And they use caova, which is mahogany, MR thinks. A hard wood, needed for the neck. The cuatro is made by hand by an artisan, and it takes 6 or 7 months to make. They don't use any power tools at all. The artisan who made MR's current instrument is Rafael Abiles [spelling], from Carolina, Puerto Rico. He made this one by hand, it took him about 8 months to make it. No power tools at all, he wouldn't allow it in his shop.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A026
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Rodriguez, Manuel, and Thomas D Carroll. "My cuatro is made out of a wood called Palo Santo'". -09-15, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Rodriguez, M. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "My cuatro is made out of a wood called Palo Santo'". -09-15. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Rodriguez, Manuel, and Thomas D Carroll. "My cuatro is made out of a wood called Palo Santo'". -09-15, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.