Water drum.

Water drums rely on the particular sound conducting properties of water to create a distinctive sound. They are usually made up of a large vessel, into which the water can be poured, and a single membrane stretched across the rim. This example comes from Canada and is associated with the mourning ceremonies of the Algonkin people. Similar drums are also found in other native cultures of the Americas, including many North American native groups and stretching as far south as Paraguay.

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