A drum is central to many Native American ceremonies. It is the heartbeat of the community and the people gathered there.
“From the Shamans of Mongolia, to the Minianka healers of West Africa, and indigenous cultures across the Americas, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental and spiritual health.” Michael Drake author of Therapeutic Effects of Drumming
THE CEREMONIAL DRUM – Indigenous cultures of the Americas and Canada know and use the drum as the center of all songs, as the great communicator and healer. It is the catalyst for the Spirit of the songs to rise up to the Creator so that the prayers in those songs reach where they were meant to go. At all times, the sound of the drum brings completeness, awe, excitement, solemnity, deep inner relaxation, strength, courage, and the fulfillment to the songs. Every thing, every human action, and every energy revolves in rhythm. It is Mother Earths heartbeat giving her approval to those living upon her. It draws the Eagle to it, who carries the message to Creator.
– Cynthia Whitehawk, Apache Healer