6073 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL
Native American-style Drum Building workshop
Presenter: Grandfather Rick McBride
Sunday, December 18th starts @ 12:00pm (allow 3 hours)
Octagonal drum materials $105 Round drum materials $135
Tuition for this 3 hour long workshop is by donation
We cannot hold a place for you after that date without your deposit. Extensive preparation by Grandfather Rick is done ahead of time so we must be certain of your registration by 11/28. Register on this page, but pay the deposit using PayPal on the website OR send Pearl or Grandfather Rick a message to make other arrangements BEFORE the materials deadline date of November 28.
Long associated with Native America is the pow-wow drum, which can be played by eight or more people, depending on its size. Another type of drum growing in popularity in mainstream circles is the personal hand drum. They show up in drum circles, sweat lodges, and can be used for healing. In this workshop you have the choice of building either a 15 inch octagonal hand drum or round hand drum (size is approximate). You must choose which drum you want to make when you pay your deposit for the materials as the individual drum frames are made by hand by Grandfather Rick ahead of time. Making your own sacred drum begins with the idea, is made more concrete in acquiring the skills and materials necessary to create it, and finally, in the actual construction of it, which is typically done in a ceremonial setting*; smudging, offering tobacco, and a prayerful attitude. After the drum has fully dried, which takes anywhere from four to seven days, it is then "awakened" in ceremony. The process of creating, then awakening a sacred drum is akin to birthing a child and similar care is given throughout the entire process.
Grandfather Rick has been building hand drums for 16 years and has helped many people to create their own sacred drum, a process he fervently believes in, especially if the reason to build the drum is for use in ceremony. As he teaches how to physically create the drum, he is also teaching about the drum; about when to use it, drum etiquette and technique, styles and songs. He also meets the workshop participants again after the drums are ready in order to wake them up. It takes about 5 days for a drum to dry, in which time it cannot be played.
*Drums are built in deference to the Spirits and with their help, but the actual process of building a drum is not ceremony.
Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn from the wisdom of Indian Country. Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony render practical guidance to everyday living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life.
To register with deposit: https://mixedblood.info