Cottonwood Wood Drum
Decorated with Navajo Sand Painting Designs
Drum making is a traditional art passed down from father to son.
Cottonwood logs are harvested from the Jemez mountains. They are then cut and shaped. Cow hides are cut with a scalloped edge, soaked overnight, and then stretched across the frame and fastened with leather strips. A rawhide handle is attached to the underside.
Different cow hides produce different tones, and experienced Cochiti drum makers know the characteristic sounds of the different cattle skin types.
Once the drums are made, they leave the Pueblo and travel to the Navajo reservation in Shiprock where the traditional sandpainting designs are applied by Frank Martin.
Each is truly one of a kind!
13.5" x 3.5"
11.5" drum beater included
You will receive the drum in the photograph.
Please note: The cream color speckling inside the drum head is just a characterstic of the rawhide.
Navajo Artisan: Frank Martin
Handcrafted in The United States
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