Tlingit Wooden Frame Drum

Jennifer L. Brady

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A Tlingit wooden frame drum made with stretched moose hide painted with a raven design. The drum was made in Sitka, Alaska by the artist Jennifer L. Brady, also called Ts'enak. The raven motif is painted in three primary colors; black, blue, and red and the design takes up nearly the entirety of the drum face. The skin is very tight across the drum and held by stiff sinew gathered in the middle of the drum's underside. The mallet is made of a wooden handle and a stitched fabric head wrapped in sinew.

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  • Title: Tlingit Wooden Frame Drum
  • Creator: Jennifer L. Brady
  • Location: Sitka, Alaska, United States, North America
  • Type: Instrument
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • Photo Credit: David Roswell, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology


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