Thursday, February 2, 2012

Question re Dream Dance Drum (a rope tensioned bass drum)

There is a certain historic drum which has been attracting a certain amount of attention. I am hoping that you will take a look and tell me what you can. Here are a couple of photos from Standing Rock Indian Reservation (Sioux), taken before 1912.

First picture: (Scroll down to the last photo.)

Second picture: (Scroll down to “Reply 28”.)

The second picture is captioned “Dream Dance Drum” – a particular kind of drum associated with the Ojibwe tribe beginning about 1876 and spreading to other tribes thereafter.

However, it looks to me like the drum is a commercial bass drum - it differs quite a bit from photos of known Dream Dance Drums.

Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated, especially if you can refer to any other online images that closely resemble this possibly mislabeled “Dream Dance Drum.”


Clark Kimberling

P.R. Winn, Drummaker

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