In this three part, self paced ON-LINE/ Virtual workshop/class, women will delve into the history of women and the frame drum, learning some of the ancient uses of drumming from menstruation and childbirth to crop blessings, as well as the ancient tradition of dyeing them red to represent the divine feminine. Cost of this class: $250.00
Women will have the opportunity to dye their own 13” Elk skin drum, learning about the spiritual aspects of the elk and it’s medicine gifts to us.
During the process of dyeing and making your medicine drums we will call on ceremonial element for consecration of your frame which is the bones of your drum, and the skin/hide of elk medicine, giving thanks for this gift, and letting the spirit of the elk know that it is becoming a sacred and spiritual tool.
All elements from the dyeing and creation process of your drum, to making a beater/tom-tom for it, and ceremonially waking it up will be provided in this class. A closed Facebook group will also be set up for participants to share images of their process and drums as well as to ask questions and trouble shoot with me.
This is a sacred ceremonial process, and your drum will be a sacred reflection of the divine feminine within you as a woman.
All supplies to dye and make your drum will be shipped to you with the exception of: Beet and Pomegranate juice and a piece of wood to make your drum beater with.
Supplies include: ~ A small pouch of red ochre and cedar for consecrating your drum frame. ~ One 13” drum frame made from Canadian Cedar wood. ~ 1 pouch of Nikiah’s pre-mixed plant medicine dye to add along with beet and pomegranate juice. ~ One elk skin hide large enough to fully cover your frame and wrap around the back one inch over the lip. ~ An awl for punching holes in your hide. ~ Lacings for the drum. ~ Cotton batting and a leather circle cut out, for making the beater/mallet with. ~ A small pouch with feathers, sinew and beads for decoration.
Below is an outline of each of the three classes which are all on-line and in video format.
Once you have registered and gathered all of your supplies, you will receive an e-mail with a link to get set up at the mystery school and begin class #1. In this class you will learn about the history of women, the frame drum and ancient drumming practices. Delve into the "juicy" history of the color red and the divine feminine and explore the ancient dyeing practices for drums. Support and resources for drum playing will be given as well for those interested in learning more and going deeper.
Women will also receive information on finding the perfect piece of wood to create their drum beaters, with information on the sacred aspects of 10 different trees. Once you have read through all of this class, we will send you a link to Class 2.
Instructions for soaking your hide and preparing yourself for the opening ceremony of your drums birth, are in the first segment of this class. Once your items are all gathered and you are ready for your ceremony, you will be sent another link as a part two of this class. In this second part, the ceremony and instructions for making your drum will be given, along with a video of Nikiah making a drum so you can use it as a guide for making and tightening your own drum ensuring that it dries properly. Now you are ready for Class 3.
In this class, instructions for making your drum beater will be given, along with the ceremony for “waking your drum up”. Instructions on caring for your drum will also be given along with inspirations and resources for painting and further decorating your drum.
What women are saying
The Women's Red Drum workshop was a beautiful magical experience. I felt drawn to what Nikiah had to offer. This path was a way to work towards my own fears and opening one more time towards my own truth. I have been guided to her and I trusted very much. I feel blessed today for that experience and to be one of the red drum carriers. This drum is sacred to my heart. Thank you Nikiah. Blessings. Namaste. - Ina Naar
Living and working on theunceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.