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Kade Schillinger Project

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


NA.505.57A
Plains | drum | leather | la...
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Exhibit notes: This drum is made of Hide, wood, and Wood strings tieing it together Drums were used for rituals before hunts or battle or for special celebrations. They believed that playing and singing gave them luck for the reason behind the ritual.

Museum record: NA.505.57A | ca. 1930 | Diameter: 14 in, width: 6.75 in, drumstick length: 10.75 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instrument. (A) Drum-wooden hoop with rawhide stretched over both sides; top and bottom tied together with rawhide lacing, four leather loops around sides. | NA.505.57A&B.JPG | na.505.57a.jpg | drum | leather | lacing | cover | wood | loops | head | rawhide | handle | stuffed | hoop | Plains

NA.505.31
hand drum | frame | tacks | ...
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Exhibit notes: This drum is made with hiding and has a wooden frame. The drum also has a Bluebird painted on it. The Blue Bird could be painted on it for religious purposes. Native tribes Belive that animals are very spiritual and powerful effect on the earth. they believe that they are close to the spirits of life. In return they believe by painting the bird on the drum will give luck in the battle or hunt. these hand drums were used for healing

Museum record: 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.505.72
Northern Plains | flute | le...
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Exhibit notes: This flute is made of an elk bone from the elk's leg. Natives believed that animals had a huge spiritual advantage. They also believed it was wrong to leave any part of a killed animal to waist so they used every part of the animal. this one the elk was used in every part using the bone of the leg to make a flute.

Museum record: NA.505.72 | L: 13.875 in, width: 2.25 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | Ritual and Recreation, Musical Instruments. Flute made of elk leg bone with seven finger holes and liphole. Design is in diamonds and lines. | na.505.72.jpg | diamonds | lines | flute | leg | elk | bone | Northern Plains

NA.505.3
Northern Plains | flute | ca...
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Exhibit notes: This flute is made wood, it's carved and has a carved horse on top. Flutes were played for musical purposes, mostly used for celebration and making music for the spirits. The flute was also seen as a way of healing.

Museum record: NA.505.3 | ca. 1890 | L: 23.875 in, Diameter: 1.5 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wood with carved horse figure attached to top, six buckskin thong tassles. Six finger holes. Knotched edge along open end. | NA.505.3.JPG | horse | flute | carved | leather | wood | Northern Plains

NA.505.1
Plateau | Kootenai | flute |...
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Exhibit notes: This flute is made of wood, also is made with buckskin, hide, red orch and dyed. it belonged to Cheif Matisse Kutenai, who was chief of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. These flutes were used a lot for healing believing they would bring spirits to heal the sick or injured.

Museum record: NA.505.1 | ca. 1890 | L: 15.75 in, Diameter: 1 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden flute with several buckskin thongs, dyed with red ochre. Six finger holes. ---Used as both a musical instrument in dances and by young men during couthship as a courting call. **Belonged to Chief Matisse, Kutenai. | NA.505.1.JPG | NA.505.1.JPG | na.505.1.jpg | flute | thongs | wood | deer hide | red ochre | dyed | Plateau | Kootenai

NA.505.65
Northwest | drum | laced | b...
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Exhibit notes: this drum is made of rawhide and tree trunk that's been painted black, its also been laced together with rawhide strips. the rawhide was to bring the power of the animal to the drum. drums were used for celebration before a great battle or a hunt to bring them luck or goodwill in the endeavor the native Americans believed that the drum resembled the beating of the heart of humanity and the drum would bring out the beating of the heart of the earth.

Museum record: 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.505.62
drum and drumstick | leather...
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Exhibit notes: this drum is made with a tree trunk, rawhide and tied with rawhide straps. the rawhide was to bring the power of the animal to the drum. drums were used for celebration before a great battle or a hunt to bring them luck or goodwill in the endeavor the native Americans believed that the drum resembled the beating of the heart of humanity and the drum would bring out the beating of the heart of the earth.

Museum record: NA.505.62 | ca. 1905 | H: 15.5 in, Diameter: 22 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; rawhide stretched over top and bottom and tied together with rawhide lacing. (B) Drumstick-wood handle; stuffed leather head; leather wrist loop. | NA.505.62A&B.JPG | na.505.62.jpg | drum and drumstick | leather | hollow | wood | tree trunk | rawhide

NA.505.46
drumstick | carved | cover |...
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Exhibit notes: this drumstick is made of wood, and leather that makes up the head, natives never used their hands for drumming they only used drumsticks. native Americans believed that the drum resembled the beating of the heart of humanity and the drum would bring out the beating of the heart of the earth.

Museum record: NA.505.46 | L: 14.25 in, width: 1.25 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Carved wooden handle, dark; leather covered head. | NA.505.46.JPG | na.505.46.jpg | drumstick | carved | cover | wood | handle | leather | dark

NA.505.74
Northern Plains | drum stick...
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Exhibit notes: this drumstick is made with a wooden tree knot made with leather and a round shaped head, the drum, natives never used their hands for drumming they only used drumsticks. native Americans believed that the drum resembled the beating of the heart of humanity and the drum would bring out the beating of the heart of the earth.

Museum record: NA.505.74 | L: 8.25 in, width: 1.625 in | Simplot Collection; Gift of J.R. Simplot | Ritual and Recreation, Musical Instruments. Wooden tree knot with limb attached. Round in shape. Head (knot) has several splits, but is intact.can be seen in canvas like that of a flour sack. | na.505.74.jpg | drum stick | wood | Northern Plains

NA.505.17
drumstick | wood | carved | ...
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Exhibit notes: this drumstick is just made of wood, its carved very neatly natives never used their hands for drumming they only used drumsticks. native Americans believed that the drum resembled the beating of the heart of humanity and the drum would bring out the beating of the heart of the earth.

Museum record: NA.505.17 | L: 15.25 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Curved and carved wood. | NA.505.17.JPG | na.505.17.jpg | drumstick | wood | carved | curved