Clap sticks are used to keep rhythm in most Central Californian Native American dances. The stick is hit against the hand, causing the two split sides to clap together. 4-8 men clap sticks simultaneously while singing. At a certain point in the song, the clap stick is taken away from the hand and shaken rapidly in the air. This point in a song is called a "turn." This particular stick was made by Carson D. Bates while demonstrating in a museum gallery in 1994.
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Pomo Indians--Social life and customs
Indians of North America--Music
Indians of North America--California
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