VISIT

Plan an in-person visit

SUPPORT

The Center needs you

SHOP

Browse our online store

Drumbeat, Heartbeat

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


NA.505.22B
Ft. Belknap Indian Reservati...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.22B | 1930 | drum diameter: 14 in, drum height: 3 in, drumstick length: 17.625 in | Gift of J.W. Duke Wellington | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Drumstick, wooden stick stuffed leather head. Head is attached with green, pink and white thread and scotch tape. | na.505.22b.jpg | drumstick | green | rawhide | leather | frame | cover | thread | pink | handle | wood | stick | White | Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation

NA.505.43
South Dakota | Sioux | drums...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.43 | ca. 1890 | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Willow handle; head made of stuffing wrapped deerskin; deerskin with fringe sewn around base of handle. | NA.505.43.JPG | na.505.43.jpg | drumstick | wrapped | stuffed | fringe | handle | deerskin | painted | Willow | South Dakota | Sioux

NA.505.36
Northern Plains | Sioux | La...
add to galleryremove from gallery

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.505.84
Chicago, Illinois | drum | p...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.84 | Diameter: 25 in, H: 18.25 in | On metal label attached to side of drum: WFL Drums/Ludwig Drum Co./Chicago, Ill | Ritual and Recreation; Musical Instruments. Contemporary drum. Sides are gold glitter finish with silver metal fittings with black accents and edges. Drum skin is taped with silver tape on both sides and the the bottom side is torn. | na.505.84.jpg | drum | paint | hide | metal | Chicago, Illinois

NA.505.50
Northern Plains | drum | Whi...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.50 | ca. 1915 | Diameter: 9.5 in, H: 2.625 in | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Rawhide, with patches wo white fur at edges, stretched over ply-wood frame. | na.505.50v2.jpg | na.505.50v1.jpg | NA.505.50.JPG | drum | White | rawhide | frame | cover | patches | ply-wood | fur | Northern Plains

NA.505.87
Blackfeet | Amoskapi Pikuni ...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.87 | ca. 1880-1910 | drum height: 3.25 in, drum diameter: 19 in, drumstick length: 17.5 in | 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 | Drum (a) and drum stick (b). Painted drum front. Wear from use on center right. Paint is fading, and small dirt - almost splatter marks - in a four inch area on LR area. Dirt marks upper right and center. Dusty on verso. wood base on perimeter is separating on frame. | NA.505.87.jpg | NA.505.87.jpg | drum stick | drum | rawhide | cotton thread | pigment | wood | metal | tanned hide | Blackfeet | Amoskapi Pikuni | Northern Plains | Montana

NA.505.69
Sioux | South Dakota | Lakot...
add to galleryremove from gallery

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.505.16
Northern Plains | Sioux | ha...
add to galleryremove from gallery

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

NA.502.46
Montana | Cheyenne | peyote ...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.502.46 | 1950 | H: 6 in, diameter of top: 8.5 in | Ritual and Recreation: Ritual, Curing and Cult Objects. Iron kettle with stretched leather top, tied with cotton rope. | NA.502.46.JPG | NA.502.46.JPG | peyote water drum | iron | leather | kettle | cotton | rope | Montana | Cheyenne

NA.505.96
Northern Plains | drum beate...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.96 | mid 20th century | L: 28 in, Diameter: 5 in | 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 | Piece of wood, wrapped in tanned hide and then wrapped in single row string of glass seed beads. Majority bright yellow beads with center area of dark blue and green stripes. Beater is tanned hide with possible stuffing or more layers of tanned hide, attached to the top of stick with hide strip, fringed bottom. . Both sides of exterior of beater is dyed porcupine quills: single wide rows; 2 bright yellow outlining rows and 1 center row. Either side of center yellow is bright pink and purple alternating stripes. Outlined in single row of medium blue seed beads. Triangular hide tab at bottom of stick with dyed quilled design onto the hide. Backed and edges with red cotton cloth. Yellow majority with 4 red boxes w/ single green box in center - all centered vertically, with attached hide fringe. Single black quill on tow long sides serves as outline. | na.505.96.jpg | drum beater | cotton thread | cotton fabric | glass beads | tanned hide | dyed | porcupine quills | wood | Northern Plains

NA.505.53A
Northern Plains | drum | lea...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.53A | ca. 1930 | Diameter: 16 in, H: 3 in, L: 18 in, diameter of head: 2 in | The Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sandberg collection given in memory of Babe and Sandy Sandberg by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Phillips | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Drum-Rawhide stretched over wooden hoop and nailed down; two strands of heavy wire across back of drum. | NA.505.53.JPG | na.505.53av1.jpg | na.505.53av2.jpg | drum | leather | cover | wood | string | wire | down | hoop | nailed | rawhide | stuffed | heavy | end looped | tied | handle | frame | head | Northern Plains

NA.502.47.6
Northern Cheyenne | Northern...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.502.47.6 | 1950 | L: 12.25 in, carved area: 5.5 in | Ritual and Recreation: Ritual, Curing and Cult Objects. Carved wood. | NA.502.47.1-.6.JPG | na.502.47.6.jpg | drum stick | carved | wood | Northern Cheyenne | Northern Plains

NA.505.34
Northern Plains | Sioux | dr...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.34 | 1880 | L: 21.5 in, width: 2.125 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Musical Instruments. Wooden stick curled into loop at one end; wrapped in red and blue cloth and strips of fur. | NA.505.34.JPG | drum stick | wood | cloth | stick | fur | cotton | end | looped | wrapped | Northern Plains | Sioux

NA.505.12
Northern Plains | hand drum ...
add to galleryremove from gallery

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.505.81
Northern Plains | hand drum ...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.505.81 | 1880-1880 | Diameter: 15.5 in, width: 3.125 in | In memory of Frank O. Horton and Henriette S. Horton | Ritual and Recreation, Musical Instruments. Round hand held drum made of hide and wood. Front has a yellow circle in the center. The outside is painted green. The hide is attached inside with rawhide strips. The back has four sets of rawhide strips that meet in a woven pattern in the middle where the drum is held for playing. | na.505.81v1.jpg | na.505.81v2.jpg | NA.505.81.JPG | hand drum | hide | pigment | wood | rawhide | Northern Plains

NA.505.30
South Dakota | Sioux | Lakot...
add to galleryremove from gallery

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

NA.204.3
Sioux | Ghost Dance dress | ...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.204.3 | L: 54.375 in, sleeve to sleeve: 51 in, bottom width: 37 in | Gift of The New Hampshire Historical Society | Dress and Adornment - Religious Attire. Ghost dance dress - muslin dress, T top with A line skirt, hand-sewn, dress is basically one piece front and back the width of the muslin with rectangles sewn at T ends to lengthen the sleeves and triangular inserts sewn into lower side seams to add bottom flare. Front and back have a rust painted V yoke, back yoke has painted border stripes of green, yellow and rust, neckline is gathered on a muslin tie with back slit. Front and back bodice have green painted vertical stripes, the last stripe falling on the seam where sleeve extension is added. Sleeve ends and hem have 1 stripe each of green, yellow and rust. On center front of skirt is painted a blue bird with blue and green out-spread wings. Body of skirt has mottled green painting. | NA.204.3back.JPG | NA.204.3front.JPG | na.204.3 v2.jpg | na.204.3 v1.jpg | na.204.3.jpg | stripes | bird | blue | Ghost Dance dress | muslin | pigment | hand sewn | Sioux

NA.204.2
Sioux | South Dakota | Ghost...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.204.2 | ca. 1890 | L: 35.5 in, sleeve to sleeve: 67 in, body width: 27.5 in | Gift of The New Hampshire Historical Society | Dress and Adornment - Religious Attire. Ghost dance shirt - muslin shirt, long sleeved, hand-sewn with black thread, self-fringed at side and underarms seams, shoulder seams, hem, sleeve ends and neck edge, muslin fringe V sewn at front and back, gathered at sleeve ends and neck with fringed slit at back neck. Shirt is colored with red ochre (possibly) in bands at sleeve ends and elbows, alonge fringes and inside front and back V's, front V has an uncolored horizontal crescent moon in lower point. Front and back V points have a single eagle feather and a bunch of blue and yellow dyed breath feathers tied to cloth and a green dyed twisted thong. Tied at top of each shoulder with a twisted green dyed thong is a single eagle spike feather. Tied at underarm seam at the elbow is a bundle of green dyed thongs with small brown feathers and split owl feathers, sinew wrapped to ends of thongs. Tied at underarm seam at each sleeve end with a green dyed twisted thong is a single eagle spike feather sinew wrapped to thong ends. | NA.204.2back.JPG | NA.204.2view1.JPG | NA.204.2view2.JPG | NA.204.2dtl.JPG | NA.204.2.jpg | Ghost Dance shirt | muslin | eagle | feather | pigment | owl | thread | hand sewn | feathers | breath | Sioux | South Dakota

NA.202.871
Wind River Reservation | Gra...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.202.871 | ca. 1988 | yoke width: 19.5 in, whip length: 20 in, pant length: 40 in, shirt length: 33 in, shirt width: 20 in | Dress and Adornment - Dress and/or Festive Adornment. Three pieces, A: Yoke; B: Pants and C: Shirt. A: Yoke, wedge-shaped black polyester cloth trimmed with red and yellow satin ribbons, yellow yarn fringe on sides, red yarn fringe on bottom. Front has 1 large and 2 small beaded rosettes with orange, royal and light blue designs on yellow backgrounds. B: Pants, black acrylic and cotton sweat pants with drawstring waist and elastic gathered ankles. 1 row of red and 1 row of yellow yarn fringe around both lower legs with 2 short rows of red yarn fringe on outer upper legs. C: Shirt, 2 panels of black polyester cloth with inverted V cut bottoms gathered at waist on red and purple crepe ties, trimmed with yellow and red ribbons, yellow yarn fringe on sides, red yarn fringe on bottom, white-red orange and yellow stepped bugle bead design. | NA.202.871.JPG | na.202.871dtl1.jpg | na.202.871dtl2.jpg | na.202.871dtl3.jpg | rosettes | Grass Dance outfit | Satin | yarn | Beads | acrylic | polyester | Wind River Reservation

NA.702.31
So-soreh | Northern Plains |...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.702.31 | 1900 | L: 55.125 in, width: 60.75 in | Written on back in blue: PAINTED/BY/KADZIE CODY-SHOSHONI INDIAN/NOVENBEN, 1906/PRESENTED TO F.A. HEPBURN./BY HIS WYPA | Communication and Media of Exchange: Writing and Records. Cow(?) hide, tanned; painted all over one side with horsemen hunting buffalo; the center has a sun dance pole and men dancing around it with others singing; also depicted is a tipi and a rider with a bonnet with a long trailer; colors are black, yellow, blue, green and red. ---Personal property of Mary Jester Allen Helen Cody Allen. | NA.702.31.JPG | na.702.31.jpg | NA.702.31.jpg | sun dance pole | rider with a bonnet with a long trailer | men dancing around it with others singing | tipi | horsemen hunting buffalo | painted hide | hide | cow | pigment | tanned | So-soreh | Northern Plains | Codsiogo | Eastern Shoshone | Cody, Cadzi

NA.502.47.2
Northern Plains | Northern C...
add to galleryremove from gallery

NA.502.47.2 | overall length: 15 in | Ritual and Recreation: Ritual, Curing and Cult Objects. Feather, bead and wood; beaded handle, red and white, faceted metal. White fringe with blue rhinestone and blue bead decoration. 23 leather wrapped feathers with small red feathers near the leather. | NA.502.47.1-.6.JPG | na.502.47.2.jpg | peyote fan | faceted metal | seed | Beads | wrapped | leather | feathers | Red | fringe | White | rhinestone | blue | Northern Plains | Northern Cheyenne