Mud beaters have a means of attaching a long pole vertically on the convex face. Holes are dug in the ground and water added to create a muddy bottom and the miud beaters are stamped onto the muddy surface from a platform above the holes, within a screened area. These are performed like the water drums during initiation and the novices must break through a screen to discover the source of the sound. The sound is said to be like that produced by the ancestral cat fish. The lugs at either end of the beater may be a representation of a turtle at one end and a fish at the other.

Physical Description

A mud beater. It has a low flat bowl-like shape and is highly carved.

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