This drum was made in the summer so it will hold its tone better in the summer than drums made in the winter. Humidity has an effect on the hides, and drums made in the summer seem to react less to the humid summers. This also means that it will be much tighter and brighter in the dry winter.
This 13 Moon hand drum design and construction originates from within an Indigenous cultural collective known as "Kimisken", established in 2000 by Jackie Labonte and Oliver Nobosin.
Jackie (Tekiaiatakwas) is Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Jackie resides in the Niagara region. She has worked with native organizations for over 30 years providing services, charing traditional teachings and serving as a Cultural Advisor.
Oliver is Swampy Cree and mixed German Welsh descent, having lived in the Niagara region all his life. He is established singer drummer and drum maker, having facilitated many requests for custom designed native drums for individuals and groups both domestic and abroad. Even though this hand drum began its journey sharing certain characteristics with our other drums, in your hands it is now a unique one-of-a-kind work.