I work at a homeless shelter and would like to start drumming with our indigenous women but I feel like I don’t know enough about my culture to teach them. Any tips?
- Start talking to folks. Check with your…
- Tribal Office. They may know of local drum groups who may be able to help.
- Cultural Department. They may host or be able to direct you to cultural workshops that might help with drum making or at least other workshops you and your ladies may want to join. They may also be able to connect you with someone who drums and sings.
- Tribal Members. Never underestimate the power of the tribal grapevine. If you’re looking for a mentor, let folks know. By talking to just a of couple people, you’re expanding your reach to those they know…your other relatives.
- Ancestors. Let them know what you’re trying to do and ask them for their help and guidance. I can’t imagine any greater joy or pride they might have than to have you show up for yourself and those you serve.
- YouTube It. Like with most other subjects, there’s a ton of video’s on how to make your own drums. This could be a great place to start with your group, if you don’t already have drums.
I just want to reiterate how powerful this can be for yourself and the women you work with. I know that whenever I hear the heartbeat of the drum, something
happens inside, and I feel instantly grounded and connected to my ancestors and my relatives.