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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Native American Drum

The Drum is a deep and sacred part of Native American culture. The round form of the drum represents the circle of life and the whole universe as well as cycles like the seasons. Its steady, strong beat is the pulse, or heartbeat, throbbing at the center of “Mother Earth.” The sound of the Drum can move our Spirit and help us to know and understand the natural world and our place within it. It is the healing rhythm that we hear throughout this world, starting as an infant in our mother's womb. Many songs span hundreds of years, having been passed down from generation to generation, others are new. Drum music reminds us to be patient and understanding about the mystery and power of all things. The Drum amplifies what is brought to it, so with cleansed spirits we drum, sing and dance as a community.