This Taos Pueblo log drum is a distinctive work of art that will bring the beauty and spirituality of Pueblo culture into your home.
For centuries, drums have been at the center of Taos Pueblo life. Their beat accompanies all rituals and ceremonies, and the art of making them has been passed down from generation to generation.
Handcrafted from all-natural materials, this large drum created by Phillip C. Martinez celebrates centuries of Pueblo craftsmanship and art.
- Two-sided log drum handcrafted by Phillip C. Martinez (Taos Pueblo)
- Traditional Taos Pueblo drum
- Aspen wood frame and cow hide drum head
- Drum measures 20” tall x 12” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Phillip C. Martinez is a master drum-maker from Taos Pueblo who creates handcrafted drums in the traditional Pueblo style using all-natural materials.
In Pueblo culture, the beat of a drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and drums play a central role in Pueblo life. People make offerings in exchange for rain through song, prayer, and dance, and drums accompany these ceremonial dances.
In Pueblo culture, a drumbeat represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and drum music accompanies ceremonies and dances. Traditional Pueblo drums are created from trees native to northern New Mexico, including aspen, cottonwood, and pine.
First, the log is stripped of bark, then the artist hollows out the log and dries it for up to half a year. Historically, drum heads were made from elk, buffalo, or deer hides, but contemporary Pueblo artists also use cow hides. After being carefully cleaned and scraped by hand, the animal hides are soaked, then stretched to fit the drum’s frame and secured with rawhide laces.
Traditional Pueblo drums are works of great precision and skill, representing an ancient art that has been passed down for generations. Taos and Cochiti Pueblos are most known for making drums, though there are traditional drum-makers from other Northern Pueblos as well.Read our Native American Instruments Collector's Guide.
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