Scholars

Native Drums In The Context of World Instruments

By Elaine Keillor
The musical instruments that First Peoples’ cultures within Canada developed from the natural materials at hand often bear similarities in form to those developed elsewhere in the world. Hear the voices of Indigenous persons and Scholars describing their experiences and insights into Indigenous culture through music, drums, and drumming.
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A Drum Ceremony for Dead Eagles and Ravens

By Cle-alls (Dr. John Medicine Horse Kelly)
The phone rang. It was Roxanne. “Jake, I just killed an eagle”. “So, Roxanne, why’d you do that?” “Why? Why? What do you mean, why? She flew up in front of my truck, that’s why!”
Now, raven-clan people say eagles are more noble than smart, but I hardly ever heard of an eagle flying up in front of a pickup truck. Power lines, not pickups, usually get them.
“So . . . where is she now?” “In the back of my pickup. I was on my way to Queen Charlotte City”. “Where are you parked?” “In front of the restaurant. You know, the Sea Raven..”.
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A Dehe’igan (Drum) from Manitoulin Island

By Alan Corbiere and Ruth B. Phillips
The musical instruments that First Peoples’ cultures within Canada developed from the natural materials at hand often bear similarities in form to those developed elsewhere in the world. Hear the voices of Indigenous persons and Scholars describing their experiences and insights into Indigenous culture through music, drums, and drumming.
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Crossing Over the Invisible Line

By Rohahes Iain Phillips
Rohahes One man’s personal experience in joining traditional Aboriginal and western musical forms.
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This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through Canadian Culture Online
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