The Shaman's Drum
May 9, 6:00 - 9:00pm
“This is the story of the drum. The drum keeper is an old woman; she lives north at a lake far away. First came the thunder and the lightening; this was the first wave. The second wave came, and the second wave was a continuous noise, continuous sound...”
–Grandfather Wallace Black Elk
The drum is one of the major tools, if not the most important tool of the shaman. This is because the drum enables the shaman to go into a deep trance which is vital for healing or divination and to journey into the Otherworld. But inducing a trance state is by far not the only use of the drum. The drum is a very versatile tool with a long history as a musical instrument and ceremonial tool in many cultures and shamanic traditions.
The drum can be used for journeying in the Otherworld, for healing, for clearing space, for sacred dance, for getting into a trance, for calling spirits, for honoring the land, for communion with divinity, for divination or getting messages from Spirit, and for many other purposes. Therefore, it is not surprising that the ceremonial drum has been held sacred and treated with great respect and reverence in many ancient cultures!
In this Workshop the participants will be crafting their own drum, learning how to enliven it and the different uses listed above. This class is open to all who have attended The Shamanic Journey: Techniques of Otherworld Travel series of classes or the other basic Shamanism Classes offered by Rocky Shadowbear Rains. Participants will need to pre-register. After doing so you will be emailed the shop info from which to order your drum-kit.
Cost: $60 (Does not include drum-kit- you will be instructed in how to obtain the kit prior to class)
Location: (NOTE This class is being held at an alternative location.) 3840 Packard st. Ste 160 Ann Arbor Mi 48108.
Limited to seven participants