- An Indian musical instrument, consisting of a round hollow part with
one or both ends covered with dried skin or hide. The drum, or tom-tom,
was beaten with the hands or a stick.
Indian drums were of three kinds: the single
or double headed hand drum; the large dance drum played by several persons;
or the water drum of the Woodland tribes. To tighten the rawhide
head of a drum it was held before a fire. The tone of the water drum
was changed by wetting it with the water which was inside the drum.
Drums were uniformly round, except in northwestern
California and the northwest coast where square drums were used.
The drumstick was made by wrapping the
end of a stick with buckskin.
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