Water Drum

SKU: 3035

Kahnawake Mohawk artist Tahatie Montour makes water drums and rattles as well as sculpts in antler and bone. The water drum is a very significant musical instrument among the Haudensaunee people. It is used for social singing and dancing as well as for ceremonies in the Longhouse. It is made of wood with a deer skin head. The cloth covered ring around the top of the drum holds the head in place. Water is placed within the drum. By inverting the drum the water wets the head. By pulling the edges of the deer skin, the drum head is tightened. The tightness of the head and amount of water in the drum determines its sound.  H. 5'' X D 5"

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    Iroquois Indian Museum

    324 Caverns Road

    Howes Cave, NY 12092


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