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date: 12 December 2019


  • Chad Stephen Hamill


Idiophone of the Native Americans of the Columbia Plateau. Literally ‘rawhide’ in the Sahaptin language, it is made of a bison hide wrapped fur-side in around itself as a bundle 50 to 80 cm long and allowed to dry and harden. It is held with one hand by several singers who use the other hand to strike it either with an open palm or a stick. A possible precursor to the drum, it formerly was used in a tradition known as ...

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