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Beat this Drum

No two drums are the same – each has its own distinctive structure, spirit, and life based on both the culture in which it was made and the hands of the one who made it. The drum is not just a music-maker, but a voice for the soul within the music. In this chapter we investigate the many methods of drum-making and discover the numerous other instruments – including flutes, fiddles, and rattles – which played a vital role in Aboriginal life.

 

Drum Culture
Travel the map from the Plains to the Northwest forests and the snows of the Arctic to discover the origins of the many drums of the First Nations.
Building a Drum
Learn how to make the basic frame drum of the Aboriginal Nations.
Making a Cree Drum
Join Tina Pearson as she follows the step-by-step construction of the traditional Cree drum with drum-maker Albert Davis.
Making an Inuit Drum
A member of the Inuit tribe discusses the drum-making skills he witnessed in his childhood.
Good Vibrations
Learn how certain tribes strung snares to their drums to enhance their sound and bring their drummers and singers "closer to heaven".
Blowing in the Wind
Read about the flutes and whistles used by the First Nations, the part they play in the medicine rituals, and learn how to make your own.
Stringing Along
Discover the wide array of Aboriginal fiddles and stringed instruments through pictures, videos and sound clips.
All Shook Up
Rattles are another important part of Aboriginal music. Find out the many ways they are made and the part they play in cultural rituals.
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