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Ceremony Drum, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, ca. 1930

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Ceremony drum, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, ca. 1930 Back of drum

NMM 869.  Ceremony drum, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, ca. 1930. Cut-and-hollowed section of cottonwood trunk, with two striking heads; representative of the traditional method of making drums prior to the introduction of split-wood, bent frame drums. Extant bark on outer wall, though cut away from edges where drumheads touch frame. Rawhide lacings, reinforced later with twine. Profile painting of American Indian with border of alternating bear paws and arrows-in-flight, four of each symbolic of the four directions. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Additional Views of Drum

Side view Three-quarter view of drum Side view

Teepee

Teepee painted on back

Indian Chief

Indian painted on front

Drum handle

Handle

Feathers

Feathers

Repair

Back repair

Repair

Front repair

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