Different Native American groups have different traditions about the drum and how to play it. Painted symbols or ornaments on a drum represent various meanings. This hand drum has dragonflies and an eagle painted on the head. In Plains traditions, the dragonfly symbolizes protection and swiftness and the eagle represents strength and courage.
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Indians of North America
Indians of North America -- Folklore
Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies
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