March 30, 2017

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Image Source: Native Drums Website

In Native culture, the drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and is used in many spiritual and ceremonial practices. Here are seven captivating videos of Indigenous youth showing us how to rock the hand drum. Miigwetch (thank you) for sharing your powerful voices and inspiring all of us.

1. Yo! This Kid Can Rock A Hand Drum

Niizhoo Sullivan is Ojibwe/ Ho Chunk from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reserve in Wisconsin.

He is the lead singer of Hay Creek and has released his solo album Rez Kid Rhythm.

2. Nine Year Old Rocks A Hand Drum

Aaron Letendre is from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Tribe 85 km west of Edmonton Alberta. At the age of 11 he released the album Grandson, Singing For You.

3. Bryson Bearskin Solo

Bryson Keith Bearskin is from Winnebago Indian Reserve, Nebraska. At the age of 19 he passed away in a car accident outside of his village, January 2014. He is present in numerous Bearskin Boyz videos on Youtube.

4. Bearskin Boyz Hand Drum Singing

5. Round Song Dance “Hope After All”

Clayton Bear is Cree from Big River First Nation Saskatoon.

6. Hand Drum Song “I Love You”

Jordan Mowat is from the Alderville First Nation in Ontario. He is an aspiring solo singer and part of the acoustic duo Waaban.

7. Waaban – “So In Love”

Nathalie Restoule and Jordan Mowat make up the acoustic/round drum duo Waaban.  Restoule is from Dokis First Nation in northern Ontario. In Anishinaabe waaban means ‘the first break of light in the morning’.

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About The Author

Erica Commanda

Born in Toronto to an Algonquin mother and Ojibwe father, Erica Commanda grew up on the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan reservation located in Golden Lake, Ontario. From there she moved across Canada living in Ottawa, Vancouver and recently returning to Toronto. Erica spent the last 8 years in the hospitality industry mastering the art of listening to stories while slinging and spilling drinks with a couple of stints volunteering in provincial election campaigns. Serving drinks no longer satisfies her quest for stories and change so she ventured out to discover and master her own knack for storytelling and writing. Erica is now enrolled into Journalism at George Brown College in Toronto and continues to perfect her new craft as Staff Writer trainee at MUSKRAT Magazine and The Xtra Mile.

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