Symbolism | Purpose | Rattle | Drum | Air Instruments


The drum remains sacred within the Arapaho nation. The drum, according to the Arapaho, is an animate object. In other words, it is in a sense, "alive." The Arapaho use the same verb form when talking about a drum as they use when talking about people and animals. The drum is not given the same verb form as objects such as a table or chair etc.

Most drum sticks are about one foot long and 1/4 an inch in diameter. Three inches of the drumstick are wrapped with a thin cloth, although in the Ghost Dance the wrapping is thicker and decorated with feathers.



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