Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society presents a special program commemorating Arkansas Archeology Month. The program features Phil Newkumet's Drums and features George Sabo the Third from the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Tracy Newkumet Burrows from the Caddo Nation.
Phil Newkumet is remembered for his many contributions to Oklahoma archaeology, including supervision of WPA excavations at Spiro. Phil was deeply involved in the Oklahoma Caddo community and was formally adopted as a tribal members in the 1980s. Phil made the hand-held drums discussed in this paper in the 1970s, decorating them with symbolic imagery based on Spiroan as well as modern Caddo motifs. This discussion centers on the symbols that link durable cultural traditions and evolving artistic representations.