Published on April 5, 2014 by Amy
Native American drums and shaman drums of the famous Tarahumara Indians are rustic Native drums made by hand. The Tarahumara are said to be North America’s most primitive people. As a part of their American culture and throughout their Native history, they have inhabited caves and cliff dwellings of their native southwest lands.
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Shaman Native American drums sometimes called spirit drums or heart drums are made with a piece of native yellow pine bent into the shape of the drum. Thin goat skin rawhide is stretched over one side, completely covering the drum ring to form a sturdy hand drum laced toward the four directions of the earth and forming a good hand hold on the back.
Shaman drums and shamanism has come to be a general term used to refer to traditional beliefs and practices using a shaman’s drum and other instruments and articles by people, mostly men who claim the ability to cure human illness. Shamans have also said to be able to control things like weather which are beyond the control of ordinary men and such things as interpreting dreams. Shamanistic drumming practices using shaman drums is prevalent around the world and their drums have also been called healing drums or medicine drums.