The Drum: A Living Tradition
This unique, three-day experience gives you the chance to take part in the living traditions of Aboriginal drum making, drumming and song.
Renowned Cree Ojibwa Metis drummer, singer, storyteller, artist and educator Chantal Chagnon will lead you through the process of creating your own drum. You will also come to understand the importance of drumming and song within Aboriginal culture. It is always Chantal’s aim to create bridges between cultures and people and to facilitate journeys of self discovery as well. It is in that spirit that we offer you this opportunity.
Friday, August 31, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
We will begin with a blessing ceremony and smudge. This first evening will also include an introduction to traditional teachings followed by cutting of the hides in preparation for the making of the drum.
Saturday, September 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After the opening prayer, blessing and smudge, the second day features stories, legends and history of the drum. Then, you’ll string and make your own drum.
Sunday, September 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
We open this final day with an opening ceremony and create our drumsticks. We will then smudge and beat the drums which will be followed by a traditional feast. The rest of the day will be devoted to drumming and singing. You’ll take part in a group drum circle. Finally, we’ll move to Heritage Park’s First Nations’ Encampment for a public session of singing and drumming. All Park visitors will be welcome to join.
All materials are included: rawhide (deer, moose, elk or buffalo for the drum face), precut rawhide lacing, yellow cedar drum rounds (8", 10", 12", 14"), natural branches for drumsticks, deer leather/suede for the drumstick heads, wool stuffing and sinew for stitching. Light refreshment will be provided on August 31 and September 1, with a traditional feast on September 2.
This experience is open to a limited number of participants, register below today!
August 31 6:00 pm - September 2, 5:00 pm