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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Story of the Drum

An Abenaki Legend

It is said that when Creator was giving a place for all the spirits
to dwell who would be taking part in the inhabitance of Mother Earth,
there came a sound, a loud BOOM, from off in the distance.

As Creator listened, the sound kept coming closer and closer until
it finally it was right in front of Creator. "Who are you?"
asked Creator. "I am the spirit of the drum" was the reply.
I have come here to ask you to allow me to take part in this wonderful
thing." "How will you take part?" Creator questioned."
I would like to accompany the singing of the people. When they sing
from their hearts, I will to sing as though I was the heartbeat
of Mother Earth. In that way, all creation will sing in harmony.
"Creator granted the request, and from then on, the drum accompanied
the people's voices.

Throughout all of the indigenous peoples of the world, the drum
is the center of all songs. It is the catalyst for the spirit of
the songs to rise up to the Creator so that the prayers in those
songs reach where they were meant to go. At all times, the sound
of the drum brings completeness, awe, excitement, solemnity, strength,
courage, and the fulfillment to the songs. It is Mother's heartbeat
giving her approval to those living upon her. It draws the eagle
to it, who carries the message to Creator.

It changes people's lives!

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