Saturday, March 21, 2009


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.


Krystal said...

They're absolutely beautiful! One year when I was homeschooling, my son made a carrying bag from deerskin. He still has it.

Chelle said...

I am happy to inform you that once the turtle dried, the drum went back to it's regular condition. I am very excited about my painting. It makes me want to paint more.

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

Krystal, thanks for the compliment. I'm quite proud of these drums. Just tonight, I got home, and my son was still beaming about the drum he made. We'll cherish these drums for many years.

'Chelle, I'm glad to hear the paint worked out okay. It makes me feel brave enough to paint my drum.

Oklahoma Girl said...

How lovely, & what a wonderful family experience. Your kids will remember this day forever. I just love how you & Rhonda build such beautiful, meaningful memories for your family. You are a blessing & blessed.

So, as always, from me.

Blessed be...

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

Oklahoma... I agree, we made a very special memory. My son must have showed off his drum for three or four days after. "I LOVE my drum," he said again and again.

It's good feeling to build something useful and beautiful from the deer, rather than produce waste.


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