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Painted frame drum


Author Comments

Pic of a frame drum I painted. This is a jpeg of a project I couldn't scan. I chose to ornament a frame drum with 4 'spirit animals' in different styles with corresponding bear paw prints to symbolize directions/elements/power s. It's been a while since I made this, so I can't give adequate commentary on the paw print symbology - at the time I did research on the choices.
The bear image is a sort of traditional zuni-bear representation.
The Cougar was meant to be reminiscent of an Uffington - style chalk drawing.
The Badger was done in a realistic pen and ink rendering
and the seal was meant to be just sorta iridescent and flowing.


Percussions !

Hey, I like this one because I am playing percussions too, and i enjoy being under some culture rhytms and feel them. And I was dreaming to draw on my djembe too but I need to know what kind of colors should I use ?

Pyratekirk responds:

Hi Kembry.
I've been playing djembe, ashiko and djun-djun for at least 10 years and have found few cultural or spiritual restrictions as to how or how not to respectfully treat a drum.

The consensus amongst most folk I know and have talked to, is that you can decorate any drum any way that feels respectful and appropriate.

Cultural restrictions seem based on personal preference, though I do NOT pretend to be an 'authority'.

I will say that there are many Remo djembes or other drums that are cast in very bright and 'fantastic' patterns, and substances, and they are successfully used in a traditional manner, with no negative stigma.

I personally try to be more traditional, and use only wood bodies with actual goat-skin heads - yet the cord I use to string it is modern, so I'm not TOTALLY

I have ornamented my own djembe with a bit of color. I tried to use as many natural pigments as I could, and only did so after using and 'talking' to the drum for a couple of years - Again, I don't assume to have any 'right or wrong' way of doing this, just what 'felt' right to me.

I'll try to forward you a pic of this drum with more info.

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4.13 / 5.00

Sep 30, 2010
4:49 PM EDT
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