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Accession number 2003.2
Catalog Number 2003.2.1
Object Name Drum
Description Child's play drum with painting on it. Drum stick accessioned seperately
Toy drum made from a synthetic leather frame with rawhide pulled on either side. The top has a painted image of a Native American with a large feathered headdress. The bottom side has a painted image of a red S-curved arrow. At the side of the drum there is a loop of rawhide strip tied. There is a red feather and a yellow feather attached at the base of this tie with a tag that reads, "Seminole Indian Tom Tom made in Fla by Buffalo Tiger." The back of the tag reads, "1.50"

Dorothy Downs writes in the "Art of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians" page 258: In the 1990s Buffalo Tiger and Howard Osceola continue making the craft items they learned to make as children at Musa Isle. They produce large quantities of small drums and rattles, as well as toy knives, spears, and bow and arrows for sale to tourists. These souvenirs are often decorated with bright paint, natural or colored feathers, and beads - to appeal to the tourist conception of what looks "Indian." Buffalo Tiger, who signs his work, continues painstakingly to decorate the drums and other items he makes with the war-bonneted Indian chiefs and southwestern motifs that he learned to paint as a boy. Howard Osceola makes large numbers of drums and rattles that are sold to tourists as inexpensive souvenirs. He uses plastic plumbing pipe, which he cuts into short lengths and spray paints in bright colors. Cow hide is stretched over the openings and, for a rattle, a carved wooden handle is attached. But Osceola also makes large drums by special order for other Indians or collectors, using hollowed out cypress logs for the body and hide for the drumhead. Deer hide is preferred, but since it is not always available cow hide is often used as a substitute.
Dimensions H-8 W-22 Cir-13 cm
Collection Wooden Objects
Height (cm) 8
Imagefile 009\200321.JPG
Width (cm) 22