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 Wampanoag Water Drum

Wampanoag water drum many hoops thanksgiving

Many American Indian Tribes use water drums. Each one is a little different.

The Wampanoag water drum is small and easy to hold in one hand. It is made from a hollowed out piece of wood, covered with hide from a deer, elk or other animal. When the singer is ready to use the drum she/he partially fills it with water. The tone changes with the amount of water in the drum.

We have included two coloring pages about the Wampanoag water drum. Click on the drawings below to go to the coloring page.

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  Wampanoag Gourds and Rattles

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Some Native people do not like to call these instruments "rattles" since a rattle in the English language can mean different things and is often associated with an infant's toy. Our rattles aren't toys and are considered sacred and precious. They are used for ceremonies, healing and for social dances and in each instance they are carefully used as a sacred instrument. Each Nation/Tribe has their own name for this instrument. We are working on getting the Wampanaog name, but haven't found it yet.

This is a photograph of a gourd rattle. It is made from a dried gourd which is hollowed out and then partially filled with a particular type of small stone and sometimes with dried corn. If the gourd is to be used for healing and ceremonies it will be filled with objects according to the healers vision.

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 Deer Toe Leg Rattle

This is a photograph of a Deer Toe leg rattle made by Julie Marden a member of the Wampanoag Nation. These rattles are tied to the legs to create a rhythm for dancing in ceremony or social dances. Most Native Nations use something similar.

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 Turtle Shell Rattle   

Desrciption coming soon...




 Flute coming soon...

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 Bone Whistle  - This is a photograph of two types of bone whistles. These whistles are not for entertainment or social dancing. They are sacred items used during ceremonies. Usually they are made from hollow bird bones.


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 The fiddle... coming soon.

 The fife... coming soon.

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 From Lea:

Peter Mayer Thanksgiving Many Hoops

Here's a song by the singer-songwriter Peter Mayer that set me to rethinking "harvest" What seeds am I planting in the world? What harvest will I reap?

Things I Need
The things I need come from a shelf
They all just seem to make themselves
I plant no seed and I tend no vine
And I have no feast at harvest time

CHORUS: I cut no wood
I bake no bread
I spin no wool
To warm my head
I put no paint
On a canvas white
To take a picture takes
Less of my time

I heat my home with electric wire
But I still feel cold because I feed no fire
And my car, it goes when my car has gas
So I donít walk slow and I donít walk fast


So fast
Where are we going?
So fast?
Where are we going?
Where are we going?
Where are we?

Iíd trade my wage for a fertile field
For a plow and a spade and a pauperís yield
Iíd swap these streets for a single chance
To drop that seed from my own bare hands

Because the things I need arenít from a shelf
And the things I need donít make themselves
But I plant no seed and I tend no vine
And I have no feast at harvest time
No, I have no feast at harvest time

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The Eagles album "Hotel California" 1976

"The Last Resort"

Where the old world shadows hang

heavy in the air

She packed her hopes and dreams

like a refugee

Just as her father came across the sea

She heard about a place people were smilin'

They spoke about the red man's way,

and how they loved the land

And they came from everywhere

to the Great Divide

Seeking a place to stand

or a place to hide

Down in the crowded bars,

out for a good time,

Can't wait to tell you all,

what it's like up there

And they called it paradise

I don't know why

Somebody laid the mountains low

while the town got high

Then the chilly winds blew down

Across the desert

through the canyons of the coast, to

the Malibu

Where the pretty people play,

hungry for power

to light their neon way

and give them things to do

Some rich men came and raped the land,

Nobody caught 'em

Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus,

people bought 'em

And they called it paradise

The place to be

They watched the hazy sun, sinking in the sea

You can leave it all behind

and sail to Lahaina

just like the missionaries did, so many years ago

They even brought a neon sign: "Jesus is coming"

Brought the white man's burden down

Brought the white man's reign

Who will provide the grand design?

What is yours and what is mine?

'Cause there is no more new frontier

We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and

justify our bloody deeds,

in the name of destiny and the name

of God

And you can see them there,

On Sunday morning

They stand up and sing about

what it's like up there

They call it paradise

I don't know why

You call someplace paradise,

kiss it goodbye

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