My sister’s living room in Salmo, B.C., with many drums, large and small.
Joni takes after her mother Helen, and her grandparents before that, in her appreciation of indigenous arts and culture. Helen responded in her own expressive way, but Joni is more immersed.
Joni plays and sings in drum circles, on drums of her own making. A couple of months ago, she passed a guy who was dressing a deer and asked what he was going to do with the hide. Odd, isn’t it? When you dress a deer, you take its coat off. Anyway, he gave her the hide, she prepared it and made the wooden cylinder from spruce.
She sent one small drum to us as a gift. It came with a fur-covered drumstick and there’s some nice beadwork on the handle.
Depending on where and how you strike it, different sounds are possible.