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A Short History of the Pianistas
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History of the Pianistas~

Of the thousands of tribes of North America, the Pianista peoples are the least understood. Archeologists and Historians offer differing opinions of the customs, social structures and even the very existence of these very curious individuals.

Named after their basic source of materials (the Pianoforte), the Pianistas populated many different regions of North America, but are believed to have originated from Europe. (The two prevailing theories of their arrival to this continent differ greatly. One claims the first Pianistas arrived quite recently, between 1500 and 1600 AD in crude sailing vessels. Another theory suggests that several millennia ago, a land bridge existed that extended from what is now the toe of Italy to Cape Cod, and that wandering clans would move herds of Pianofortes with them on the journey to the East.)

From what has been discovered, it is thought that the Pianista peoples survived solely on the Pianoforte for everything except food. (Ironically, the Pianoforte is practically inedible.) Their resourcefulness with various materials found in the Pianoforte ~ wood, steel, ivory, ebony, leather, felt, copper ~ was only matched by their Native counterparts on the Western Plains who utilized the American Bison for their needs, and some Arctic Tribes such as the Yup~ik and Inuit who would catch Seal and Whale for their many uses. The Pianistas believed that by destroying the creature they could give it new life, through everything it provided.*

*From a recently discovered copy of "Lost Tribes of North America", published 1843

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