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Musical Instruments

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

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Drums and rattles were the principal musical instruments of the Tlingit. Dances were accompanied by drumming on long narrow boxes made of cedar boards or on a long plank raised a few inches from the floor. Another drum was the tambourine made by stretching a piece of raw-hide over a narrow circular frame. Elaborately carved, hollow rattles of wood were common over all the Northwest Coast as were rattles made of bunches of sea shells or