- Native American drum made
of deer hide covering a snapping turtle shell with a bold red
ochre snapping turtle motif surrounded by 12 blue moons. Believed
to be from the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk tribe of the Iroquois
Confederacy located in Northern NY State and Southeastern Canada.
The Turtle Clan represents the earth and the cycles of
the moon. We believe this likely was a hand drum designed
for use by a "faithkeeper" (spiritual advisor) during
dances and other ceremonies. The form of the turtle is
that of a "medicine turtle" (see "Wildwood Wisdom"
by Ellsworth Jaeger, 1945; Plate 70). It displays beautifully.
Circa probably early 20th century. Apprx. 14 ½"
H x 12" W x 5" Deep. (CH-21).
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