Native American Style
Choose the One For You
There are two dimensions to consider when choosing your Drum. There
are the simple physical characteristics that appeal to you, and
there are also the spiritual qualities of each type of drum.
We make drums out of cedar, cedar octagon, oak willow and maple.
Cedar is the traditional wood used in the west, and carries a special
medicine. For example, cedar is used for smudging, cedar boughs
are used in the Sundance arbor, and medicinal teas are made from
the bark. Our cedar rims are made in Oregon.
Our maple rims are made in New Hampshire. Our Willow Oak rims are
deeper (3 1/2" as opposed to 2 1/2") which produces a
Deer hide resonates with the heart — a higher vibration than
elk, which resonates in the gut. The elk is by far the most popular
as it withstands more humid climates and retains its voice longer
than deer. The thicker horse hide is hardier than elk and keeps its voice even
longer. Moose and buffalo drums hold the voice the longest, and
are often used in the sweatlodge — a humid environment to
say the least.
The Cedar Tree
of our drums are constructed on a foundation of hand- wrapped yellow
or Port Orford Cedar rims. Our rim makers harvest their own
wood, striving to take only trees that are dead from natural causes,
and doing so with reverence and respect.
The Cedar tree is a powerful healing tree, and the
flutes and drums constructed from the Cedar carry a superior resonance
and healing energy. The Natives of the Northwest smudge with
Cedar, use Cedar tea for healing and carved their totems and canoes
from this sacred wood. Many songs were written about the healing
energies of Cedar, and when a tree was taken, all parts of it are
used for the healing and survival of the People.
of us are taught to figure life out, and live in our heads with
little attention to our hearts. Deer teaches us to trust and
to empower the feminine quality of love and wisdom. Deer helps us
live by the heart -- when we feel unloved, it is time to love others
and feel that love returned manifold.
medicine gives us stamina and endurance . As we go through
our fears, we expand ourselves and add more trust to our circle.
Trust is the lubricant that helps us take the "leap
of faith" that leads us to unity with Spirit, and to a reclaiming
of our original grace. Elk is powerful medicine for healing child
abuse and addictive patterns. The Elk is a communal animal,
hanging out with members of the same sex except during mating season.
is pure energy -- Like lightning, it can transport us quickly through
the cracks and crevices to the Other Side.
we seek wisdom and guidance from the Ancient Ones, the Ancestors
that came before us, drumming the Buffalo opens that door.
Buffalo is associated with Wisdom and Abundance.
with Moose is empowering the Feminine energies, as the Moose hangs
out near the water and can stay under water for up to a minute while
eating from the bottom of ponds and lakes. The Moose reminds
us to go into feelings and take the nourishment available in emotional
honesty. The Moose is also associated with self- esteem, learning
how to get our nourishment from the inside, and spontaineity, trusting
our instincts to act in the moment rather than controlling future
decisions through planning the results.
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