Sunday, November 15, 2009
The frame of the drum is made of birch wood,and moose or caribou was used for the face of the drum while it was tied back with babiche(rawhide, formed into strips). The handle is a forked caribou antler with velvet still attached. Drums were used in community gatherings for singing and dancing. These songs and dances were usually family specific and told about events or things that had happened in that family. Drums have this amazing resonance with the human body and can actually alter our state of mind and our bodily rhythms. It was, and still is, important to behave with respect towards the natural and spiritual worlds because animals gave themselves to the hunters. Because of the scarcity of game in the interior regions, Athabaskan peoples are very independent.