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Native Drums
In The Context of World Instruments

The musical instruments that First Peoples’ cultures within Canada developed from the natural materials at hand often bear similarities in form to those developed elsewhere in the world. Hear the voices of Aboriginals and Scholars describing their experiences and insights into Aboriginal culture through music, drums, and drumming.

 

Native Drums in the Context of World Instruments
By Elaine Keillor

Dr. Elaine Keillor The musical instruments that First Peoples’ cultures within Canada developed from the natural materials at hand often bear similarities in form to those developed elsewhere in the world. In many cases, though, the Indigenous peoples of Canada created unique instruments to express their personal needs and to communicate with all creation. This essay briefly examines commonalities of symbolism and usage as well as unique versions of First Peoples’ drums, other percussive instruments, wind and string inventions.
A Drum Ceremony for Dead Eagles and Ravens By Cle-alls (Dr. John Medicine Horse Kelly)

Cle-alls The phone rang. It was Roxanne.
"Jake, I just killed an eagle".
"So, Roxanne, why’d you do that?"
"Why?  Why?  What do you mean, why?  She flew up in front of my truck, that’s why!"
Now, raven-clan people say eagles are more noble than smart, but I hardly ever heard of an eagle flying up in front of a pickup truck.
Power lines, not pickups, usually get them.
"So . . . where is she now?"
"In the back of my pickup. I was on my way to Queen Charlotte City".
"Where are you parked?"
"In front of the restaurant. You know, the Sea Raven..".
A Dehe’igan (Drum) from Manitoulin Island By Alan Corbiere and Ruth B. Phillips

The Big Drum Relatively few drums from the Great Lakes region have been preserved in museum collections, possibly because Aboriginal people were reluctant to part with objects that played such important roles in communication between human beings and the manidoog or spirits. Read about one of the more interesting drums that has come down to us from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is today in London’s British Museum.
Crossing Over the Invisible Line
By Rohahes Iain Phillips

Rohahes One man's personal experience in joining traditional Aboriginal and western musical forms.

 

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