"Drumbeat" - mixed media on masonite, 16" x 12". Sold.
Last Friday, I had a great adventure in creativity - this time building a Native American hand drum (or CANCEGA) from poplar, elk hide and sinew. There is nothing easy about building a drum. Piercing the hide, stretching the hide lacing, creating the lacing pattern, binding with sinew...my hands and shoulders felt like blocks of aching cement all weekend afterward. But the process is mystical and awe-inspiring. The hide and lacings are kept wet until ready to use. With good reason, as we could see it drying on the drum frame as we threaded the lacing and pulled it tight. Our instructor, Rick McBride, was patient and encouraging, even as some of us (ok, it was me) had to unlace and re-lace after messing up the over-over-under-under pattern.
Rick brought reverence and awe to the process, as he explained the personal nature of drums. Intended for ceremonial use, the finished drums will not be played by anyone other than their creator, and will be "awoken" in a sacred ceremony after they are dry. In the meantime, we were instructed to keep our hands off of them for at least five days. I can tell you, that's going to be tough. Even now, I hear my drum calling me...
5/22/2017 08:37:30 am
You are a vibrant gal with an open heart, an internal drum beat as backdrop to all your adventures.
5/22/2017 09:05:49 am
Dotty! Thank you....your comment made my morning sparkle!!
5/31/2017 03:57:46 am
Love your description and images of drum making. Remind me of the television series about each person playing by their own beat, Can't recall the name. Love the way that white sings out!!
5/31/2017 06:06:34 am
Thanks so much, Carol! I would love to know the name of that series if you think of it...sounds like something I must watch!!!
6/12/2017 02:38:47 am
Finally got a reminder from the web.. It was "Different Strokes!"
6/12/2017 09:41:42 am
ooooh Carol! That's a real throwback! I watched that show as a kid! Thanks for sharing...a great way to start my day. :)
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