Hand drum by James Eric Francis, Sr., Old Town, 2018

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Hand drums and flutes are some of the oldest instruments created by humans. The melodies of birdsong and woodpeckers pounding on trees inspired Wabanaki peoples to imitate the sounds.

James Eric Francis, Sr. (Penobscot) is a renowned artist, historian, and serves as the Director Cultural and Historic Preservation for the Penobscot Nation. The tree and owl designs Francis painted on this drum are inspired by nature and his imagination.

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  • Title: Hand drum by James Eric Francis, Sr., Old Town, 2018
  • Creator: James Eric Francis, Sr.
  • Creation Date: 2018
  • Subject Date: 2018
  • Location: Indian Island, Old Town, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Deer hide, wood, acrylic paint
  • Dimensions: 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm
  • Local Code: 2022.021.008
  • Collection: Barbara Morris Goodbody Collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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