Welcome to Native Drums

a website devoted to the rich heritage of First Nations culture and music in Canada. With videos, and moving image galleries for Youth, in-depth interviews and articles for students, the image research database for scholars, and downloadable resource kits for teachers, Native Drums has something for everyone!

No two drums are the same

Each has its own distinctive structure, spirit, and life based on both the culture in which it was made and the hands of the one who made it. The drum is not just a music-maker, but a voice for the soul within the music. In this chapter we investigate the many methods of drum-making and discover the numerous other instruments – including flutes, fiddles, and rattles – which played a vital role in Indigenous life.

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