This hand drum is made from elk (Native prepared) rawhide and is 18 in. diameter.
The bird is an Inhinga, a waterbird from the Gulf of Mexico. This bird can travel on and under the water. It can fly in the sky, and can travel on land. It's also food for the people in that area. The Waterbird is a symbol and helper spirit for the Native American Church. Copper raindrops symbolize the sun shining on him and causing a shimmering rainbow to appear. The human face on its body represents our connection and communication with its life force. Lightning is the significance and relationship to the Thunderbird. The copper colour represents wealth.
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