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Strike up the band

Music is everywhere...and thoughts about music are just as pervasive. For example, "The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril," writes Richard Baker, British composer and conductor. "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy," Beethoven said, and "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” was Plato's take on music. And for the American cowboy--after all, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is all about the West--music was just plain practical, as this verse demonstrates, listed on LegendsOfAmerica.com: "What keeps the herd from running, stampeding far and wide? The cowboy's long, low whistle, and singing by their side." Below are some of the musical instruments here at the Center of the West that represent Baker's need for rhythm, Beethoven's higher revelation, and Plato's soul to the universe. From the ceremonial drums to the boisterous horns, music is part and parcel of the West. Even Buffalo Bill's Wild West had its own signature music. Copy this link and have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ync2ZtkvkH8.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


1.69.6106
Chicago Music Company | case...
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1.69.6106 | 1902 | Gift in memory of William A. Bell and Leonard Cody Bell by Mrs. Frances Slattery Guilbert | Lefevre Paris / Made for Chicago Music Co. / Chicago USA / Leonard Cody Bell / From your Father / Wm A. Bell / Nov 12th 1902 | 1.69.6106.v1.jpg | 1.69.6106.v2.jpg | cased | cornet | wood | cloth | metal | Chicago Music Company

1.67.438
Hurstmann Bros. & Co. | bugl...
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1.67.438 | U.S. Army Civil War period | overall length: 15.25 in | inscribed near horn, Hurstmann Bros. & Co./Philadelphia | Credit Line: Gift of The Coe Foundation. Brass bugle with gold cord and two tassles, Civil War period, inscribed near horn, Hurstmann Bros. & Co./Philadelphia. 1960 catalog no. 177, gift of the above source. | 1.67.438.jpg | 1.67.438.JPG | 1.67.438.jpg | bugle | brass | tassles | Cord | gold | Hurstmann Bros. & Co.

1.69.4875.1
Capriccio | accordion | bake...
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1.69.4875.1 | ca. 1920 | H: 7.625 in, width: 19 in, depth: 19 in | Gift of Gloria S. Duffy and Sean S. Duffy | top of accordion: Capriccio | Red bakelite case with white and black keys. Light brown and black double straps, looped through silver metal loops on either side. Wider black and light brown strap at back. Inscription on top right side. | 1.69.4875.1.jpg | accordion | bakelite | Capriccio

1.69.155
trumpet | steer | horn
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1.69.155 | ca. 1890 | L: 21 in | Carved top: COL.W.F.CODY/Buffalo Bill, Carved bottom: Gen. Sheridan/Gen. N.A. Miles/Gen. Custer | Steer horn trumpet, carved with illustrations of Wild West Show personnel and military figures. Possibly part of Louisa Cody's Estate, Dec. 1921 inventory | 1.69.155.jpg | 1.69.155.v1.jpg | 1.69.155.v2.jpg | military | Wild West Show | trumpet | steer | horn

NA.505.58
Indian | drum and drumstick ...
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NA.505.58 | ca. 1920 | H: 16.5 in, Diameter: 23 in, drumstick length: 12 in | Gift of Robert A. Mills | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instrument. (A) Drum-hollowed out tree trunk; both ends covered with rawhide; top and bottom tied together with rawhide lacing, long rope loop attached to sides. (B) Drumstick-wood handle; stuffed cloth head. | NA.505.58A&B.JPG | na.505.58.jpg | drum and drumstick | hollow | lacing | wood | rope | tree trunk | cover | stuffed | cloth | rawhide | head | handle | Indian

NA.505.59
Southwest | drum and drumsti...
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NA.505.59 | ca. 1900 | H: 22.5 in, Diameter: 17.5 in, drumstick length: 10.75 in | Gift of Harriet D. Reed and Betty N. Landercasper, In Memory of W. Guruea Dyer. | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instrument. (A) Drum-hollow tree trunk with painted black rawhide top and bottom tied together with rawhide lacing; trunk painted with white and black stripes at top and bottom; two rawhide handles on side. (B) Drumstick-wood handle; round stuffed leather head. | NA.505.59A&B.JPG | na.505.59.jpg | stripes | drum and drumstick | leather | wood | hollow | rawhide | tree trunk | paint | Southwest

NA.505.64
drum and drumstick | base | ...
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NA.505.64 | 1880 | H: 23 in, Diameter: 19 in, drumstick length: 15 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. (A) Drum-hollow tree trunk; raw cowhide top and bottom some fur still attached; top and bottom laced together with rawhide. (B) Drumstick-wood handle, round knob at base; stuffed cloth head. Chief Joseph's war drum 1880. | NA.505.64A&B.JPG | na.505.64.jpg | drum and drumstick | base | rawhide | laced | stuffed | round knob | cover | tree trunk | hollow | wood | handle | head | cloth | cowhide

NA.505.36
Northern Plains | Sioux | La...
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NA.505.36 | 1920 | Diameter: 24.5 in, H: 12.375 in, stand diameter: 31.75 in, stand height: 21.875 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. (A) Drum-wooden frame leather heads laced together with leather thongs; some drawings and writings (unidentifiable) on top head. (B) Stand-wooden four part stand; horse heads carvced on top of arms; 2 painted blue and opposities painted red along with base. | NA.505.36.JPG | horse heads | drum and stand | Red | blue | laced | carved | painted | four parts | frame | wood | leather | stand | Northern Plains | Sioux | Lakota

NA.505.105
Northern Plains | Blackfeet ...
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NA.505.105 | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | Large ceremonial drum with painted designs on top, underside and sides. Interior of drum wood wrapped in rawhide with hide fringe around sides, secured with small metal nails. Top surface painted in design of circle split into blue and red halves, yellow center stripe with red dots, all outlined in blue. Paint extends into fringe. Underside design four quadrants, two yellow, one blue, one red. Center is circle, half red, half blue with center yellow stripe. Sides painted with pictographic images of three figures with headdresses and staffs, figure on horse, figure next to painted lodge, buffalo, horses, yellow fish, bear. Below images are stripes of red and blue paint and red dots around circumference. | NA.505.105.v1.jpg | NA.505.105.v2.jpg | NA.505.105.v3.jpg | drum | pigment | wood | tanned hide | rawhide | metal | Northern Plains | Blackfeet

NA.505.65
Northwest | drum | laced | b...
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NA.505.65 | ca. 1900 | H: 15 in, Diameter: 19 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Hollow tree trunk painted black; rawhide stretched over top and bottom, and laced together with rawhide strips; portrait of Indian painted on top and bottom. | NA.505.65.JPG | na.505.65.jpg | Indian | drum | laced | black | painted | rawhide | cover | hollow | tree trunk | Northwest

NA.505.13A
Pueblo | Southwest | drum | ...
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NA.505.13A | Gift of Mrs. Henry H.R. Coe | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden frame with rawhide stretched over ends and rawhide lacing. Painted with white horizontal band outlined in black on red background. | NA.505.13A.JPG | na.505.13a.jpg | outlines | horizontal band | drum | painted | rawhide | White | red/navy blue | carved | cloth | drumstick | cover | frame | wood | black | wrapped | Red | lacing | navy blue | checked | Pueblo | Southwest

NA.505.11
Blackfeet | Northern Plains ...
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NA.505.11 | ca. 1900 | Diameter: 13.75 in, H: 3 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | FUNCTION: Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Rawhide stretched over wooden stick frame. Completely painted with red ochre. Spot design on inside. ---Adolf Spohr collection which was purchased by the BBMA with monies donated by Larry Sheerin. Mr. Spohr (deceased) was a western artist who lived in Cody. | NA.505.11.JPG | na.505.11v1.jpg | na.505.11v2.jpg | spot design | hand drum | frame | painted | wood | cover | rawhide | red ochre | Blackfeet | Northern Plains

NA.505.33
Montana | Crow | hand drum |...
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NA.505.33 | ca. 1900 | Diameter: 17.5 in, width: 1.875 in | In memory of the Honorable Paul R. Greever | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wood frame, painted rawhide head; faded geometric design in yellow and red with blue outline; darkened sides from red and black paint; wire used for handle on underneath side; some writing (illegible) in pencil on reverse side of head. | NA.505.33.JPG | outlines | geometric | hand drum | rawhide | wood | cover | wire | pigment | frame | Montana | Crow

NA.505.32
Central Plains | Pawnee | ha...
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NA.505.32 | 1885 | Diameter: 14 in, width: 3.875 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden frame, twisted rawhide handle on underneath side; rawhide head painted red on sides and top half with green circle and a black bear paw on each side; bottom half painted blue with a green line separating the blue and red and it also goes around the outside edge. | NA.505.32.JPG | na.505.32v1.jpg | na.505.32v2.jpg | lines | circle | bear paw | hand drum | handle | cover | twisted | wood | Red | frame | rawhide | blue | painted | green | black | Central Plains | Pawnee

NA.505.12
Northern Plains | hand drum ...
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NA.505.12 | ca. 1890 | Diameter: 13.75 in, H: 3 in | Dr. Robert Anderson Collection | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Rawhide stretched over wooden stick frame. Completely painted with red ochre, yellow sun design in center. Red spots on wood frame. | NA.505.12.JPG | spots | sun design | hand drum | frame | pigment | yellow | cover | wood | rawhide | red ochre | Northern Plains

NA.505.79
Northern Plains | hand drum ...
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NA.505.79 | circumference: 33.625 in, depth: 1.75 in | Simplot Collection; Gift of J.R. Simplot | Stamped on inside: Fairview Museum Corp. Fairview, Utah 84629. Two tags, both white- First tag: No. 59; second tag, written in red felt tip marker: Paul Tryon | Ritual and Recreation, Musical Instruments. Fawn skin, rawhide, stretched over wooden round frame. Attached with sinew. Design is three Indian men with sun above them. Colors are red and yellow. | na.505.79v1.jpg | na.505.79v2.jpg | Men | sun | hand drum | fawn skin | rawhide | sinew | wood | Northern Plains

NA.505.31
hand drum | frame | tacks | ...
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NA.505.31 | 1890 | Diameter: 15.875 in, width: 2.25 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden frame double rawhide head; front head painted blue bird (eagle?) with blue dots above it; back head partially painted orange; heads ripped in several spots, secured to the frame by metal carpet tacks. | NA.505.31.JPG | na.505.31v2.jpg | na.505.31v1.jpg | bird | spots | dots | hand drum | frame | tacks | double head | blue | rawhide | carpet | painted | ripped | cover | wood | orange | metal

NA.505.35
Oklahoma | Pawnee | hand dru...
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NA.505.35 | 1885 | Diameter: 12.625 in, width: 2.375 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden frame head on each side laced together; front painted lower portion in blue with black division line and the top half has a red crescent; on back the lower portion painted red with two blue birds facing each other, outlined with black line; leather thong handle at top. | NA.505.35.JPG | outlines | lines | crescent | birds facing each other | hand drum | frame | rawhide | wood | blue | black | Red | pigment | Oklahoma | Pawnee

NA.505.69
Sioux | South Dakota | Lakot...
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NA.505.69 | 1880 | Diameter: 8.875 in, H: 8.5 in, depth: 1.625 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | back of head has been stamped in black: FAIRVIEW MUSEUM CORP./FAIRVIEW, UTAH 84629(the latter was underlined twice.); White tape tag removed from back: Pearl Tryon. | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Lightweight partially tanned leather with pictograph of an Indian with feather bonnet on a horse spearing another Indian on foot, drawing in brown ink with red ochre horse and highlights, leather covers sides and is feathered to fit on back with 2 crossing thong ties, round frame is made of a wood slat bent into a circle with the ends secured by tying with sinew. | NA.505.69.JPG | na.505.69v1.jpg | na.505.69v2.jpg | Indian | horse | spear | Feather bonnet | hand drum | ink | sinew | wood | leather | paint | partially tanned | Sioux | South Dakota | Lakota | Pine Ridge Reservation

NA.505.9
Sioux | Northern Plains | ha...
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NA.505.9 | ca. 1890 | L: 15.75 in, width: 13.75 in, H: 3.25 in | Gift of Irving H. "Larry" Larom Estate | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Rawhide with wooden stick frame. Painted in red and yellow ochre sections with buffalo in center with blue outline on yellow background. | na.505.9.jpg | NA.505.9.JPG | buffalo | hand drum | Red | painted | rawhide | yellow ochre | cover | frame | wood | blue | Sioux | Northern Plains

NA.505.16
Northern Plains | Sioux | ha...
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NA.505.16 | ca. 1940 | square: 13.375 in, H: 3.75 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Square wooden frame with rawhide stretched over and laced. Green painted along outside edges. Hand with bow and arrow painted on one side; Indian chief on horse on other side. Two eagle feathers attached. | NA.505.16.JPG | na.505.16v1.jpg | na.505.16v2.jpg | hand with bow and arrow | Indian chief on horse | hand drum | eagle | Square | frame | green | cover | wood | feathers | rawhide | painted | Northern Plains | Sioux

1.67.542
Pueblo | drum | rawhide | tr...
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1.67.542 | H: 24.25 in, Diameter: 13.25 in | Credit line: Gift of The Coe Foundation, Description: Drum hollowed tree trunk body with rawhide top and bottom heads laced on with rawhide thongs, two rawhide handles, faint yellow ring on one head, faint yellow large dot on other head; Pueblo. Origin: Original studio collection of artist Frederic S. Remington | 1.67.542.jpg | drum | rawhide | tree trunk | Pueblo

NA.505.30
South Dakota | Sioux | Lakot...
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NA.505.30 | 1900 | Diameter: 16.25 in, width: 2.375 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden frame, leather handle on back, wooden pegs through frame and side of head; rawhide head with painting of a horned horse with three birds in its flowing blue mane; fore and hind quarters decorated with blue and the midsection with red; wavy blue border around the head and on the sides. | NA.505.30.JPG | NA.505.30.jpg | horned horse with three birds in its flowing blue mane | hand drum | wood | pigment | rawhide | leather | Plains Indian men who performed songs at ceremonies and military society dances accompanied themselves on hand drums painted with spiritually significant images derived from visionary experiences. The painting on this Lakota Sioux drum features a spectacular running horse with horns, a crest-shaped mane, and a multicolored, painted body. Three birds are seen in the horse’s flowing mane. Collected on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the drum reflects the continuing importance and spiritual relationship of horses to the people of the Great Plains. | South Dakota | Sioux | Lakota | Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

1.67.42
Winnebago | flute | wood | r...
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1.67.42 | c. 1880 | L: 19.625 in, Diameter: 1.25 in | Credit Line: Gift of The Coe Foundation. Winnebago wooden courting flute, with rawhide fringe and handle, c. 1880. Gift of above source, 1967 Catalog No. 298. | 1.67.42.jpg | 1.67.42.jpg | flute | wood | rawhide | Winnebago