Mary came up with the idea for this storyteller by remembering her own grandfather, who told tribal chants and stories to the beat of his drum Her grandfather always wore a black hat with NO creases, just like his own grandfather. The singing pose – with the open moth is marvelous – so true to life. The drum here was made by Mary’s husband, Leonard. It is hollowed out cottonwood, with raw hide heads. When Leonard was alive, he made these deer-hide strings to hold the storyteller’s drum stuck and drum. These were made by him from a deer’s hide that he tanned and then hand made the strings.

15” high