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  • David P. McAllester
  •  and J. Richard Haefer


Water-drum of the Navajo of the southwestern USA. The body is an elongated earthenware pot 20 to 25 cm deep with a rounded bottom and a slight lip around the mouth; it is half-filled with water. The buckskin head is soaked in water, stretched over the opening and bound in place with strips of wet buckskin. The drum is prepared ceremonially with appropriate songs for each stage of assemblage and is given ‘life’ by having eyes and a mouth punched in the head with an awl. The drumstick (...

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