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Sacred Drum Making Workshop


Learn the cultural aspects of a hand drum (Taywayagunn) during this two day workshop with Nathan Brass, Saulteux Native from the Key First Nation.

Drawing on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, Nathan will explore the spiritual significance, share how to develope an authentic emotional attachment, the physical creation & mental preparation of creating, caring for and properly utilizing a traditional hand drum. As well as sharing his Nations (Nekowe Anishnabe) teachings, he'll add some modern innovations to invite participants to create something unique to them. Each participant will leave with their own individual hand drum and drum stick.

Day 1- April 7th, 1-3pm

Exploration of cultural aspects (spiritual significance, authentic emotional attachment, physical creation, and mental preparation) of traditional hand drum. Learn to create and craft your own sacred hand drum. 

Day 2- April 14th, 1-3pm

Welcome the spirit of the hand drum into this world. Create the handle and drum stick. Discussion of proper usage and storage of traditional tools, as well as significance of. 

Cost: $250 (includes all drum making materials and the sacred drum that you will create to bring home)
*This intimate workshop is limited to 15 participants. Be sure to register early to reserve your space.*

About Nathan...


Nathan Brass is a Saulteux Native from the Key First Nation. He has learned to create a variety of cultural tools with the guidance and teachings from many skilled individuals. While building canoes with Master Builder Mark Point, he was fortunate to meet Keith Point and Darcy Paul who taught him how to create hand-drums. This sparked a desire to create drum sticks and frames, rattles, big drums, raw-hide, etc. And has lead him to many teachers including Kanistano, Fred John, Cease Wyss, Xoya and John Delorne. These mentors and others have helped Nathan lead a balanced life focused on all 4 aspects of the medicine wheel (spiritual, emotional, physical and mental).

Blacksmith and Owner of Dave Jack Steel,  Nathan Brass works out of the Rick Adkins Studio on the Squamish Nation to the direct benefit of North West Coast carvers & the Squamish community. His traditional name is Skabaya, which means Keeper of a Big Fire. This  places him as a helper/fire keeper in ceremonies and in life.

'All I've ever wanted to do is stand on the shoulders of Giants.' Gitchi Megwich