The Weather Spirits smiled on us this weekend. A gathering of wonderful women sat in circle in the beautiful Autumn air. The wind blew gently and the Buzzards caught the thermals as they circled, keening, overhead. This was our weekend for creating drums. Calling them into being-working with the animal spirits.
As part of the Shamanka Shamanic Practitioner course we strongly encourage our women to make their own drums. As a Shamanic Practitioner your drum is probably your most important tool. It is multi-functional. The drum can be used for clensing, for healing, for diagnosing and journeying. Played together they are inspirational and transformational on a personal and global scale.
So together we journeyed to the Spirit of the animal who gifted their hide for the purpose of Drum making. We asked permission from them to continue the process and what intention they would like the drum to be create for.
Then the journey of creation began. Feeling the hides and deciding where the drum would be cut from-sometimes having to negotiate with others working on the same hide. Feeling the energy of the hoops to discover the right one for you and your drum. (Thanks to Young Bear for making the hoops). Measuring and drawing the circle, then taking the first cut-no room for mistakes-with clarity and confidence. Punching the holes and finally cutting the laces-long enough to wind around your drum 10 times in a continuous strip, being aware of the places the hide is thinner or thicker. Then the slow and meticulous process of threading your drum with awareness and as you weave the laces you weave in the intention of the drums purpose.
When the drum is completed, a beater is made. Quest for the wood for the handle-call to the trees. When all is done then an opportunity to decorate both Drum and beater and to introduce one to the other.
A last journey for the name of the new drum being and then to the Sweat Lodge for prayer and an opportunity to dedicate and honour the fruit of your hands and the bounty of Mother Earth and all Her Children. We are so blessed.