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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, Erica Commanda (Algonquin/Ojibwe) grew up in the small community of Pikwakanagan. From there she moved across Canada living in Ottawa, Vancouver and now Toronto, working in the bar/hospitality industry, mastering the art of listening to stories from her regulars while slinging and spilling drinks (at them or to them). And now through a series of random decisions and events in life she is on a journey discovering and mastering her own knack for storytelling as Associate Editor for MUSKRAT Magazine.

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