Woman's Red Drum Making Workshop-On-Line
- This on-line/Virtual workshop is open to any and all women interested in making their own Sacred Red Drum.
Cost is $200 and includes-the on-line class and all supplies to dye and make a 14" drum. Shipping is extra.
The heartbeat of the drum is also the heartbeat of the great mother
In this three part workshop/class, you 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.
Women will also become Red drum Carriers joining other women from around the world in the sacred aspect of carrying their own unique red moon wisdom and sending it out into the world through their red drums!
Women will have the opportunity to dye their own 14” 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.
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 smudge for consecrating your drum.
~ A small pouch of red ochre and cedar for consecrating your drum frame.
~ One 14” 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/tom-tom with.
~ A small pouch with feathers, sinew and beads for decoration.
Here is an outline of each of the three classes:
Class 1: Once you have registered and gathered all of your supplies, you will receive an e-mail with a link to begin class #1.
In this class you will learn about the history of women and the frame drum,
and ancient drumming practices. the "juicy" history of the color red and the
divine feminine, as well as ancient dyeing practises for drums. Support and resources for drum playing
will be given as well for those interested in learning more and going deeper.
Woman will also receive information on finding the perfect piece of wood to create their drum
beaters out of, with information on 10 different trees and the sacred aspects of each one.
Once you have read through all of this class, we will send you a link to Class #2.
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 link to a video of Nikiah in ceremony,and of her making a
drum so you can use it as a guide for making and tightening your own drum and making
sure it dries properly. Now you are ready for Class #3
- 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.