The people of the Sagamok region on the north shore of Lake Ontario referred to the drum as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth.” Made from a wooden frame and deer hide, this ancient musical instrument connected them to her, and was believed to heal illness and change the weather. Used primarily for communication, the drum was also beat for ceremonial, sacred, and religious purposes, as well as auguring threats of war. Learn these ancient rhythms from First Nation musicians and storytellers. After some practice, hop on stage and join them in their performance. Mother Nature will be happy to hear from you.
Learn more about the Voice of the Drum Experience and other highlights of the Great Spirit Circle Trail at the Indigenous Experiences website.