Water drum workshop at Chiefswood Park

Participants at the drum making workshop. (Photos by Bree Duwyn)

By Bree Duwyn Writer Ken Maracle stretched a swatch of leather over the base of a drum while explaining to participants that some people sing in different pitches, high or low, and this affects the desired sound of a water drum. “When you make a drum, make it to your voice,” he said. Six Nations community members got to experience the art of creating horn rattles and water drums from start to finish during a workshop that took place by the river at Chiefswood Park on Wednesday (Sept. 14). The horn rattle is used in ceremonial and social songs as a companion to the water drum. Led by Maracle, who has been crafting and teaching the art of rattles and water drums for around 25 years, the workshop was an…

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