I am superstitious about counting the number of holes in the rim of the drum skin, especially since this number in turn controls the number of thongs that tie into place the inner ring. Some fundamental meanings of the symbolism in a drum have to be left to the drum itself to determine.
The 4 directions and the 4 solar holidays of equinoxes and solstices appear in the lacing that ties the drum head to the hoop—and therefore ties the voice into the drum. I sometimes tie on a drum head with 3 thongs for the three lunar seasons, and sometimes 5 for the five kinds of time.
All of the symbolism in making this drum disappears beneath the rim as the drum dries. But what appears is even more magical. Now the never -before -seen faces and forms of creatures begin to emerge in the patterns of the drying skin, and the drum transforms into a journey oracle of the spirit world adventures which await the keeper of its voice.
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3 HOOP SIZES: 12" / 14" / 17"
Cortes Island Blacktail deer skin stretched on BC Spruce wood
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