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Hand drum.
19th c Native American Assiniboin Applied Arts

ASSINIBOIN Anonymous (before 19th c - present) Primary
c. 1880
19th c
Musical Instrument
Plains. United States
Cody. Buffalo Bill Historical Center
As in other cultures, the shaman's activities were always accompanied by the beat of a drum. This hand drum was created about 1880 by the Native Americans of the Midwestern Plains. The haunting figure no doubt represents the shaman in a state of trance in which he was in contact with the spirit world. There is great power in this hypnotic image, which reflects the shaman's powers to harm or to heal. In additions to serving in healing ceremonies, medicine drums and medicine bundles were part of the preparation of war which played an important role in the lives of the Plains Indians.

Caption: ASSINIBOIN | Hand drum. | c. 1880 | Native American | Assiniboin

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