- Museum number
Drum; made of wood; skin stretched on wooden hoop-like frame, painted with thunderbird and tepee designs.
- Production date
Height: 28.50 centimetres
Width: 30 centimetres
Depth: 4 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Detail from letter on file, dated 9.9.93, from Randall J Brown, 144 Castlebrook
Rd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T3J 1R1: "You also might be interested to know what the design represents. It's likely a Cree drum, probably from the Poorman Reserve
area in Saskatchewan. The design represents the result of the owner's vision quest dream. The tipi at the left stands for the painted tipi which he entered
during his vision. The figure at the right represents his spirit helper, First Man or Earth Man, who appeared to him,giving him instructions and his blessing.
First Man, to the Crees, was the First person created and the recipient of the first pipe stem bundle. He was also known as the Holy Old Man, ruled over the souls of the departed and patron spirit of the Ghost dance. The central large figure is of course a thunderbird. Depending on which color it is painted would tell us which particular thunderbird it is. Thunderbirds provide the owner protection.
Most assuredly this drum was used during religious ceremonies, such as the thirst dance and ghost dance, and not at social gatherings like powwows. These same designs [except for the tipi] also have appeared on painted tipis. For example take a look at Glenbow's Cree tipi AP 165 Photo number P 1014-2407."
see Rayna Green (ed) `The British Museum Encyclopaedia of Native North America' British Museum Press, 1999
See ETH DOC 1307.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number