The Ojibwa Dance Drum: Its History and Construction was first published in 1982 and is reissued by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Thomas Vennum is an ethnomusicologist at the Smithsonian Institution and his main informant for the study was the noted Ojibwe drummaker and singer William Bineshi Baker Sr. The history section of the text covers the historical and anthropological literature about the drum dance. In the section about construction, the authoritative voice of the Ojibwe drummaker is heard and quoted. Appendices include a description of the Dog Feast, the Lac Court Oreilles Drum Dance of the 1940s, Drum Society structures, and the soundtrack transcriptions for the Drummaker film. The book contains a wealth of black and white archival photographs, sketches, glossary of terms, a bibliography, index, and an Afterword by Rick St. Germaine.