The Native American Drum: Into the Circle

For centuries the heartbeat of the Native American culture has resonated through the beat of the drum. Though various Native American tribes have different traditions regarding the drum, in all of them it remains one of the most important and highly regarded instruments of the tribe. Rusty Cozad, a Kiowa veteran of the Native American drum circle, explains how playing the drum is about more than just the music it produces, how it is an honor to sit down and play the drum, and what it means to those hearing the beat it produces.

Visit the Dickinson Research Center, the Museum’s library and archive, for more information on the Native American drum by visiting here.

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