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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.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Northwest
Descriptions
laced 9 black 554 painted 276 rawhide 1018 cover 40 hollow 8 tree trunk 6
Names
drum 19
Subjects
Indian 729
Date:
ca. 1900
Dimensions:
H: 15 in, Diameter: 19 in
Remarks:
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.
Accession Number:
NA.505.65

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