My family made deer skin hand drums this afternoon, creating something of a special event. My mom, my sister Kim, my son, and I each built our own drums. They say drums are the heartbeat of the people, so then we made today a sacred event.
I feel a sense of gratitude for the time our family spent together, along with the offering of the deer spirit. All my love and happiness were poured into these drums; now all we need is to make a dinner to thank the spirits and to initiate our drums into the songs of our people.
My sister Michelle painted a drum she already owned.
Dakota building his first drum.
Mom and Kim displaying their handiwork.
Michelle's drum painting.