Across all time and in every culture, persons of power have traveled to alternate realities on the vibrations of a journey drum.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Singing Child Drum

This large drum of Cortes Island deer hide and spruce wood has a remarkable voice. The beat has a deep, resonant tone, while the drone--the continuous sound upon which one journeys to the Spirit world or does healing work, is a clear high tone like a bell. I have never heard anything quite like it. I imagine this is because the drum is a rare combination of a very thin skin from a young deer stretched onto a large frame, giving an unusual amount of surface to support the drum's harmonics.
This is especially a singing drum. I sing across its surface while holding it at an angle with the edge of the drum head close to my mouth. The sound of my voice expanded and magnified becomes truly an other world sound. I have heard this sound in Eskimo healing chants.

My drum beaters are felted with wool from island sheep, and fitted onto driftwood polished by wind and tide and left along the ocean shore. The lacing and wrappings are made of traditional smoke tan elk or deer leather. I name my beaters with the forces of nature that bring their voices to join in your drum song to Spirit.


The Singing Child drum, unpainted…$350.00

shipping additional

padded doeskin drum stick
with French hitching: Autumn…$60.00

sold separately

Felted drum beater shown has been sold

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