Membranophone - Frame Drum - Mexico

Purchased in Copper Canyon, Mexico, 1998

 

From Graciela's Notes

This hand-held drum, that comes in various sizes, is used by the Tarahumara Indians in the Northern part of Mexico. This area is known as El Canon del Cobre (Copper Canyon) which is now a very popular tourist destination. This twelve-inch drum has typical symbolic designs and has a nice sound.  The Indians use the drums, along with the violin/fiddle, to accompany the dancers. Drums set the beat for the dances.  I bought the drums – all three of them – during a visit to the Tarahumara Region of Copper Canyon in November 1998.

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