University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:70-9-513
Current Location: Collections Storage
St. Augustine Band
Provenience: Canada
Culture Area: Subarctic (Culture Area)
Materials:Caribou Bone
Length: 4 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970


Ten long bones from caribou fetuses, wrapped in a scrap of blue cloth. Suspended over drum to produce buzzing while the drum is being struck. Note in Speck's handwriting on tag accompanying object: "Drum snare of bones taken from unborn caribou for magical influence in use of drum when conjuring (obtained from Jerome Mistenapi." See Speck 1935, Naskapi, pp. 175.

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