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Plains Indian Museum

Arapaho 103 Plains 566
cotton twine 51 pigment 539 rawhide 1018 wood 4438 tanned hide 570 sinew 620
drum 19
ca. 1900
Diameter: 16.5 in, H: 2.75 in
Credit Line:
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
Single head drum, with wooden frame. Made from rawhide stretched while wet over the circular wooden frame, that is overlapped and sewn together with sinew through holes drilled in frame. Sinew fastens edge of head to inside of frame in long stiches around the perimeter through holes. Seven (7) cords - 4 rawhide and 3 tanned hide knotted from outside to inside meet in center knot, also braided with a cotton type twine for a hand hold. Recto and sides of frame are painted in dark green and black. Bottom 7" of face is painted over in black with distinct line separating the drum face. On upper corner of black portion is single red circle (1"dia.), possibly representing a rock, not heavy paint. Upper 9" of drum face is green shades with fades. Off center on upper is single 5"L x 4"W red morning star - very narrow in its shape.
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As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Plains Indian Museum.
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