Gertrude “Gertie” Lopez, Waila Musician

Gertrude “Gertie” Lopez, Waila Musician. Tucson, AZ | 2017

Gertrude “Gertie” Lopez is a button accordion player in the Tohono O’odham waila tradition. Waila music was passed to Gertie by her late Father Augustine Lopez, and today she is the only female waila band leader in the state. She will work with band member Mike Lewis to preserve original old time waila songs.

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