- Museum number
Hand drum, circular cotton wood frame, deer skin membrane attached with deer sinew. Drum painted with designs in acrylic paint: blue background, medicine wheel superimposed on red aids ribbon.
- Production date
- 18 July 2002
Diameter: 30 centimetres
Depth: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Used in healing ceremonies for HIV and AIDS patients, as part of cuturally sensitive services offered to Native American patients by the Native American AIDS Project.
Protocol for drum use: the drum cannot touch the ground, it has to be safely stored and wrapped in cloth (cloth must be folded clockwise in direction of cardinal points, starting from the east); the drum cannot hear swearing; cannot see inebriation; and must not be shown disrespect. The drum is not a musical instrument, and cannot be beaten for reason other than its prescribed ritual use. Before using the drum, it must be fed tobacco, which must be spread over the surface using the right hand. It must also be smoked with sage incense.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased as part of collecting trip to San Francisco Native American AIDS Project, as part of the Wellcome Gallery Project.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number