Brief Alaskan Drum Survey
Ellen Carrlee, Conservator, Alaska State Museum
April 6, 2009
For both groupings, there seemed to be no pattern to whether they were being stored with the skin touching the shelf surface or if it was only resting on the edge of the frame.
NORTHERN ALASKAN CULTURAL GROUPS
Skin tends to be identified as stomach or bladder of walrus or seal if identified at all in the Alaska State Museum records, usually is much thinner than the drum skins from Southeastern Alaska cultural groups. The thin material is either sandwiched between hoops of the frame or bound to the outside of the frame.
II-A-2431 (pre-1967) Hoop only, skin fragments just on edge.
II-A-3682 (1913) On exhibit, no serious RH damage
II-A-3683 (c. 1910-21) no serious RH damage
II-A-4223 (1965) Model Drum. Detached in places but not torn
II-A-4414 (pre-1945) Hoop only, no skin
II-A-4415 (pre-1967) Hoop only, no skin
II-A-4416 (pre-1967) Hoop only, skin fragments just on edge.
II-A-4622 (1970) Model. small edge tear, repaired with translucent stiff adhesive?
II-A-5416 (1940’s or earlier) Wrinkled a bit. Ethnographic repairs?
II-A-6334 (pre-1980) Model drum, no serious RH damage
II-A-6335 (pre-1980) Model drum, no serious RH damage
II-A-6479 (1973) No RH damage, has a buffering pad of cotton batting
II-A-6892 (c. 1918) Skin not torn, but detached from the frame and stored separately.
92-2-94 (date unknown) Model drum, no serious RH damage
97-35-14 (c. 1913-1940’s) no serious RH damage
SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA CULTURAL GROUPS
Skin tends to be identified as rawhide or deerhide if identified in the records. Attached to thick wooden rims by stretching or nails or both. Surface of skin frequently painted.
II-B-724 (1910-12) no serious RH damage
II-B-1000 (pre-1959) no serious RH damage
II-B-1130 (1900-1930) tear of several inches, associated with a puncture?
II-B-1139 (1899-1928) warped into a saddle shape, but not torn
II-B-1140 (1899-1928) tear in from one edge
II-B-1141 (1900-1930) no serious RH damage, skin is slightly wavy
II-B-1653 (1960-69) small tears on hide wrapped onto rim but not on the face
II-B-1902 (looks quite old) no serious RH damage, still has a bit of fur, ID might be possible.
96-31-1 (1996) Buffering pad of cotton batting and a sheet of Mylar stored behind
INTERIOR ALASKAN CULTURES
II-C-272 (c. 1964-1980) on exhibit, no serious RH damage
II-C-275 (1970) no serious RH damage