Cochiti Indian 8″ Yei Drum

Cochiti Indian 8″ Yei Drum

$45.00

Height: 8″
Width: 1.5″
Artist: Frank Martin

The rawhide surface of a Cochiti Indian Drum is painstakingly hand painted using sacred Navajo Indian sand-painting figures in bright and vibrant colors. The talented artist who does this is Frank Martin. Fran is a proud member of the Dine Nation.

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To make each drum, the craftspeople combine their individual skill and vision with the finest woods, leathers and out natural, renewable resources. This produces a drum with not only rare quality but also its own appearance and voice. In fact, you may notice subtle changes in the sound of your drum every day as it responds to changes in the temperature, humidity and even the spirit you bring to it.

What is the Yei?
“Yei” (pronounced “yay”) is the Navajo name for the benevolent supernatural beings who bring their healing power to medicinal ceremonies still performed today. In fact, they were first portrayed in traditional sandpainting designs created for these ceremonies. Between the Yeis cornstalks, feathers and arrows may appear, and a Rainbow Guardian often surrounds and protects the figures on three sides, indicating the sandpainting roots of this particular style

How to care for your drum:
Very little care is needed for your Drum. Keep it dry and store it where it will not be exposed to extremes of humidity and temperature.
An occasional application of TANNERY Leather & Vinyl Cleaner and Conditioner to the rawhide head and lacings will help maintain its appearance and durability. Do not apply to painted area. Be sure to let the surface area dry before placing heavy objects on drums. Note that some initial darkening of the leather may occur in the first 24 hours, after which it will return to its original color.