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Using Ceremonial Drums For Unique Southwestern Home Decorating

Feb 27, 2008
I gave my home that great, southwestern look by adding ceremonial drums to my rustic decor. I was so happy with the authentic, rustic look that the Native American drums added to my home, that I started researching and reading about the history and the primary role they play in Native cultures. If you are like me, you have probably seen how meaningful ceremonial drums are to the Native culture but do not realize their importance in Native ceremonies or how exactly they are used. Every tribe is different in how they use ceremonial drums but one similarity between each tribe is that the Native drums are very important and part of the main focus of the ceremony. Throughout my studies, I have come to find that learning about these drums truly gives you a great appreciation of the American Indian culture and their customs.

As you start studying about ceremonial drums, you will find it very intriguing that the Native Americans think of the ceremonial drum to be sacred. They are usually used in powwows, Shamanic ceremonies and honor ceremonies to come in contact with the Spirits and to connect with their creator. It is believed that each drum holds a spirit and that the drum beat signifies the heart beat of Mother Nature. Since the drum is believed to connect the people with the spirit world and guide the a healer in helping his people, you will see that they are commonly used by the healers or Shaman to enter the mind state, known as the Shamanic journey, needed to connect with the Spirits.

Also, as you study the importance of ceremonial drums in today's culture, you will find that Native Indian drums play a significant part in the livelihood of American Indian tribes such as the Tarahumara. Making and selling these rustic style drums allows them to earn a living, through selling and trading their cultural hand crafts, and helps them extend the knowledge and traditions of their culture to those who buy them. The drum making knowledge, passed on from generation to generation in these tribes, teaches the drum makers how to make durable and long-lasting ceremonial drums with elements from the Earth and the environment around them such as pine wood and natural raw hide.

Today, Native Indian drums are not only used in Indian ceremonies such as Indian drumming groups and as Native American musical instruments, but they are also gaining popularity as pieces of decorative art, instruments used in school music classes and even as canvases for Native American art projects and southwestern paintings. Some types of ceremonial drums are also used as rustic style furniture and Native American decor, such as the larger powwow drums and pedestal drums that are used as rustic tables. Today, it is very easy to buy these beautiful Native American ceremonial drums online and in stores that sell southwestern, western and rustic decor. However you decide to use your ceremonial drum, whether for drumming purposes or in interior design, you will definitely be drawn to the simplistic charm and southwest style of ceremonial drums.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is the director of Mission Del Rey and author offering free information online about how to use Ceremonial Drums for American Indian drumming and for chic southwestern home decorating. For more information visit http://www.missiondelrey.com
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