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Beater

Object Number:46-6-38B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Cherokee
Provenience: United States of America
North Carolina
Big Cove
Culture Area: Southeast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Credit Line:Cherokee Expedition; Frank G. Speck and John G. Witthoft, 1946

Description

Cylindrical body of tulip tree wood stained red-brown and smoothed over entire surface. Oak wood hoops, woodchuck skin head and black walnut drumbeater. Two animals carved in low relief near bottom. "Drum of type traditional in Big Cove. Used for Bull Game and other dances." Used in recording rites, 1934.

"When it doesn't sound right; sprinkling with water on the top of the skin just to make damp then will become sun right or put some water inside about half inch. If it is necessary, but it is better just sprinkle on the top. If put inside the water, pull out the wooden pin always keep it the damp of the skin or hide."

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