Afghan Rabab. Short-Necked Lute (Robab, Rabab), Afghanistan, 19th Century. The larger robab is generally used in Afghani art music. The smaller instrument is typically used for the regional music of the Pashtun people. The robab migrated south into India in the mid-19th century, where it eventually developed into the modern sarod, one of the primary instruments of Hindustani music. Photo ©National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota
The fact that we are money poor has shown us that we have wealth in other ways. Our crafts--quilts, baskets, pottery, canning--coupled with our resourcefulness--have helped us to thrive. And anyone who has ever heard an old time band knows that we have great music.