This is a traditional Wabanaki handmade drum, deer hide stretched on a wooden frame.
Drum is beautifully made - but the real beauty is the loon, aquim in Maliseet, that Maliseet artist, Gina Brooks has drawn on it. It is an amazing image with numerous Maliseet/Wabinaki design motifs incorporated - cross-hatching, double curve, trifoliate designs, triangles, diamonds and more. The drawing is protected by a museum quality affixative added over the drawing. It comes with a drum beater shown, and a canvas grocery bag to protect them both. There is a rope tied on the back webbing to hang this with if you choose to display it. (how could you not?) When I picked drums up from Gina I offered to get some plastic bags to transport them - she insisted I take the canvas bags because she wanted them to travel with their "dresses on".
This drum is 12.75" in diameter and 3" thick. Comes with drum beater shown in last photograph.
Wabanaki is the NE federation of tribes - 4 Maine tribes, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and MicMac plus the Abenaki of Vermont and Eastern Canada.
Here is the legend of "Aquim calls for glooscap" - Glooscap the creator was sent to earth in a large stone canoe, which turned into land, specifically Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where it landed. Glooscap then began to create all the animals and then Glooscap shot four arrows he shot at four different white ash trees allowing the the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and the Mi'kmaq peoples (the 4 tribes of the Wabanaki Federation) to emerge from them. Glooscap taught the people what to eat, where to live and what materials to gather to assist them. When he eventually had to leave he walked off toward the setting sun telling the people that if they ever needed him they could find him if they searched hard enough. But Aquim / Loon(sometimes spelled Kwimu) was a special friend to Glooscap having pledged to forever be his friend and servant. Aquim / Loon the faithful friend still calls for Glooscap - and that is what the loon is saying with his haunting call "Glloooscap, Gllooosappp" ... And to this day when the Wabanaki Indians here the cry of the Loon, they say, "Kwemoo el-komik-too-ajul Gloocapal" (He is calling upon Glooscap). Much of this legend was told to me by the artist Gina Brooks....