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How To Choose Pow Wow Drums For Native Drumming

Aug 2, 2008
Did you ever think about the meaning behind the pow wow drums used in native ceremonies? I did, but never realized that they played such a big role in the Indigenous culture until I had the chance to see one of these events, and began talking to the American Indian singers about the important part the pow wow drum has in the ceremony. Native drum groups understand the significance of this type of drum in their culture, but most people I come across have only a vague idea of why the native drum music is played and what it is used for. Because it is believed to be the heartbeat of Mother Earth and the tool used to call on the Spirits, the pow wow drum is, without a doubt, the life of the Native American ceremony.

If you ever have the chance to attend at one of these spiritual events, you will certainly be fascinated to watch how this American Indian drum is played during the ceremony. Made from a large base and covered with cow, deer or buffalo hide, the pow wow drum is played by eight or more men that strike the drum with drum strikers as they sing songs, often sung in the Native American language. These singers are responsible for knowing the songs necessary for the powwow and for the songs asked of them by the singing leader.

You can also find the powwow drum and singers at dances, ceremonies and other events where a pow wow is needed. The Native Americans consider these events and the native drums to be sacred. Since the drum was first given to the people by a woman, they are believed to contain her spirit and are greatly respected for this reason. The people's rich cultural beliefs make the Spirit world a very important part of these ceremonies and a time when they reach out to their creator.

Today, you will not only find Native American pow wow drums being played in native drumming circles but will also find that they are very popular in rustic home decorating and western interior design. Many home owners, looking to create balance and peace in their southwest style home decorating, find that the powerful presence of the pow wow drum does just that. Because of their popularity in country and southwestern decor, it is easy to find powwow drums online and in stores that sell Native American drums and other rustic home decorating items.

Whether using your pow wow drum in native drum groups or adding it as part of your rustic home decor, it is important to handle it with great honor and the respect that it deserves. There is really no wrong form of expression when using your pow wow drum as long as it is done properly and out of respect to the spiritual role it has among the Native people. You can open the door to the spiritual world in your Native American drum circles or produce joy and balance in your southwest home decor through the powerful presence enhanced by pow wow drums.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is the director of Mission Del Rey and offers free information online about buying pow wow drums for ceremonial drumming and Native drumming groups. For more information visit http://www.missiondelrey.com
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