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date: 07 March 2021


  • J. Richard Haefer


Water drum of the Yoeme Yaqui Indians of Arizona and Northern Mexico and of their Mayo neighbours. It is used to accompany the singing of traditional songs for the deer dance. A gourd shell 30 to 35 cm in diameter is cut in half and laid open-side down in a pan of water which acts as a resonator. The gourd is struck with a stick about 35 cm long and the sound represents the heart beat of the deer. The drum is played simultaneously with two ...

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