Steven Kauder
drummaker@beardrum.com

Old Bear Dog and his Drum

Here is a picture of Old Bear Dog, son of Sioux Chief Iron Shell, and it includes his rawhide drum. This picture is more than 100 years old.

Note that this drum is far from perfectly round and is also warped. Old Bear Dog's left hand is behind the drum, which indicates this is a single-headed drum.

Old Bear Dog's drum mallet is in his right hand. The drum mallet is a long, thin stick with a long and narrow head. It has a cloth tie below the drum mallet head.
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I have retired after 20 superlative years of drum making, though I am still making drums that interest me.
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This picture was taken by
John Anderson at the Rosebud
Agency (South Dakota).

It comes from the book
Brule, the Sioux People of the
Rosebud by Paul Dyck

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