I had the privilege and honor to teach sacred drum making at the Souls Journey Retreat 2011 held at the Woodland Sanctuary in Mio Michigan, May , 2011. The trip to Mio was fun as it was my first time traveling through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and over the Mackinaw Bridge. Wow, that is one big bridge!
The Woodland Sanctuary in Mio Michigan is 365 acres of beautiful woodlands. Teaching sacred drum making at such a pristine woodland area was amazing. We made drums from buffalo hides and lacing with 15 inch maple hoops. The students in the workshop had some experience in drum making but not with buffalo hide. The birthing of these sacred drums was challenging both physically and mentally. The stretching of thick buffalo hide tests your physical strength and endurance. The drum maker needs to keep their mental focus even more so when using buffalo hide because you may have to undo the lacing and start over more than once. Fatigue comes into play on many levels.
The spiritual aspect of drum making is the element that carries the drum maker through those challenges. We ask our helpers in Spirit for guidance, help, and patience. As I assisted these drum makers, I observed and felt their feelings. I marveled at their inner strength and resolve. I saw and felt their spirit helpers helping them move through the rough spots and celebrate in the successes. As I went through the many pictures that were taken, I saw lots and lots of orbs in those pictures. I believe that our workshop room was filled with those in Spirit assisting us, loving us and being a part of our joy in the birthing of these sacred drums.
It is my profound honor to introduce you reader to the newly birthed sacred buffalo drums and their Sacred Drummers. Migwiitch.