I love sharing information about drums and drum-making, and have since my very first drum-making workshop about 10 years ago. At that time, I was still very aware of stepping outside of my cultural beliefs regarding women using drums. As most of you know, in the Native American culture I grew up in, Ho Chunk and Potawatomi, women were not allowed to touch drums.
All these years later, I am very comfortable teaching about drums. I am now sensing a shift in how Native American women perceive drums and drumming. Over the past couple of years I have noticed there are more and more women using drums. More notably, for me, I have heard of more Native American women of several native nations are using drums. This makes my heart feel full and happy. I truly believe that the sacred drum can assist all women in claiming voices. The drum can be their heart and voice until they feel more confident in using their own human voice to state their needs.
I am considering how to frame this change in energy flow. Yes, my story or journey with the drum does include one chapter of how some women were not allowed to touch drums, but it is not my entire story or journey. I believe the next step of my journey is moving with this shift. I am going from helping others claim a gift to showing others how to use their gift. How their sacred drum can help them to ultimately connect with their heart and use their own human voice.
This shift coincides with the transition into the Divine Feminine. It is no coincidence that the drum is a symbol of the feminine energy. The claimed gift of the drum and its sound of the heartbeat along with its voice can become the symbol of how to utilize divine feminine energy in a positive way, to walk with a good heart in this new cycle.