Hand drum. From "Darkroom Soldier": "New Guinea Garamot. Carved from a solid log, New Guinea tribes used these drums to send complex messages over several miles. Hill first recorded hearing the 'jungle telegraph' on November 9 at Milne Bay. In January 1944 at Dobodura, after seeing tribesmen play and dance with these instruments at a sing-sing, he described the drums for Martha as 'ranging from twelve to thirty inches long. Shaped like an hourglass. Big ones about six inches in diameter, three inches at the small part, and covered on one end with snake skin for the drum head.' This garamot he purchased and brought home for his Pacific Theater collection." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Dobodura, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill