12" Elk Hide Indigo Drum-Water Bearers Drum and Indigo shawl
This Indigo drum feels like the deep blue of the Ocean and water and feels like a Water Bearers Drum....
Indigo is a fascinating plant and the lore surrounding it's use is vast! I wrote a short Blog post on it if you are interested in learning more.....
"Indigo was used to ward off evil spirits and the secrets of it's fascinating alchemical process were guarded fiercely by those who would eventually pass them down through the family line, or sometimes passed through secret ritual and ceremony from one dyer to another in the line."
This drum comes with a mallet and will be wrapped in a custom made Indigo shawl as shown here..
Handcrafting each one of these drums is a labor of love and reflects in the quality of sound and beauty. This drum is special because it was made using steam bent cedar by a local artist and the quality is excellent!
Cedar: "In traditional Northwest Coastal Indian culture, every part of this tree has a designated use — from shelter, transportation and weapons to tools, clothing and art. Coastal tribes used its wood to construct massive post-and-beam houses, spectacular totem poles, dramatic dance masks and extraordinary dugout canoes. In fact, the western red cedar is so well known for this particular use that it is often referred to as the “canoe cedar.” They wove its inner bark into patterned mats, plied it into rope and worked it to make water-repellent clothing. And from its root fiber, they wove watertight baskets. For all these products, the Northwest Coast Indians came to refer to the cedar as “Tree of Life” and “Life Giver.” http://www.americanforests.org/
Elk: Elk have stamina, Strength, Nobility, Elk teaches us how to pace ourselves.