The Drum with its’ drumbeat represents the center of all life as if it were the heart providing life with its heartbeat. Center to all things in creation is the drum, in the same way as the heart provides life for the body.
Generally, all Native people, for centuries and centuries, have held on to the belief that the heart and the drum share the same purpose and responsibility, that is, providing life through its’ beat. This connection of the drum and the heart as the Center and the source of life promotes a “oneness” concept between man and nature. Seeing the world in this unique perception therefore cultivates a special bond, a very personal man/world relationship that manifests itself to giving Native People a sense of genuine love and respect for all living things in Nature.
When you enter the sweat lodge, you are seeking the help of the Creator and the spirits. The helping spirits are called into the sweat lodge by means of the prayers, songs, drums or shakers. A drum is a very important item in the ceremony because the drum is made from all of Creation.
The Wood: Our dwellings and many of our tools and containers are made from wood. We use wood in the frame of the drum to give thanks to the spirit, which dwells in the Trees.
The Hide: From animals we are clothed and provided with food, which is sacred. In using the hide to cover the frame of the drum, the animal spirit joins ours to praise the Creator.
The Beat: The beat is our heartbeat. It is also the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The drum connects us to Mother Earth. Each time you hear the drum, always remember your sorrows and joys. It reminds us of our awareness and connection to all creation. For without Mother Earth, animals, trees, and humans we cannot survive. Each beat of the drum, along with our dances and songs, are prayers to the Creator.