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How Painted Drums Add Life To Rustic Homes

Aug 4, 2008
If you are searching for an inexpensive, rustic decorating idea, try using the beautifully, hand-painted drums made by Native Americans Indians. I was recently looking for a good way to decorate my home and give it a rustic, southwestern flare, and started purchasing great southwestern accessories for rustic home decorating. I ended up purchasing two beautiful painted drums that incorporated the perfect rustic look in my home and enhanced the rustic feel that I was looking for. The thing I love most about these painted drums is how they portray a true reflection of Native American life and work through the paintings.

Perhaps you are like me and truly admire the authentic creativity of Native American art. As you learn about the origin of these paintings you will love how the artistic spirit of the American Indians is portrayed in the painted drum. The beautiful hand painted drum heads serve as a gallery for the expressions and motives of Indigenous life. Because the American Indian drum artists find their inspiration through the work of their ancestors, owning one of these Native drums allows you the unique privilege of being part of many generations of Native American artists. Each new line of Native drum artists creates their work, mingled with the past, to bring forth a truly unique work of art.

As you learn about the history of painted drums, you will find that animal drums have always been the predominant Native American musical instruments of choice and have a special meaning to these Native people. The medium, with which they work with, varies among drum painters and is a matter of personal preference. Some Native American artists still use hand ground natural dyes, though paint has also become an acceptable medium as traditional drums make room for modern expressions of culture and creativity.

Just like the differences in mediums used to paint the drums, you will also see that drumming traditions vary between tribes. Some tribes use large drums while gathered in a circle around it, while the drums of other tribes are unique and personally decorated by the drummer. Now days it is very difficult to find true ceremonial drums, but the Native American hand drums of the Tarahumara Indians are among the most authentic Native drums created for playing in drumming circles or for southwest home design.

Drum painting is truly a unique art and an important part of the rich heritage of the Native people. The painted drum has come to signify both the drummer and the tribe, as well as preserve the American Indian culture through drawings of nature and legend. If you are drawn to the authentic values of the American Indians, you will definitely enjoy giving rustic style to your home interior design. You can easily find these Native drums online or in stores that sell rustic and southwestern home decor, and bring Native culture to life in your home with the wonderful art of painted drums.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is the director of Mission Del Rey and offers free information online about buying painted drums for rustic home decorating. For more information visit http://www.missiondelrey.com
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