John Mason, a semi-retired night student, says he has explored many different forms of spirituality seeking comfort and has discovered that Native American spirituality is what he connects to best.
“I’m in a drum circle and I would much rather do it with my own hand made drum over something bought from a gift shop,” said Mason. “The drum represents the heart beat of mother earth.”
David Finkie was the drum maker who taught the Algonquin students how to build the traditional instruments Feb. 27.
“The drum isn’t just a little knick-knack for your wall,” said Finkie while talking the group. “Its an extension of your being.”
Many Algonquin students were able to connect and relate to the traditional drum making, even if they didn’t have any previous experience.
“I don’t have any first nation background but for me the drum is a very loud instrument that is good for communication,” said Elieen Xue, a first year interactive media and design student. “It really brings people together on spiritual level.”
Celeste Larocque, a second year Aboriginal studies student and president of the Creative Native club, was the one who decided to organize the workshop for the college.
“Being that it was such a big hit last year,” said Larocque. “I wanted to be able to offer it to the others who couldn’t make it last year.”
Angelica Lauzier was a student who participated in one of the previous workshops held at the Mamidosewin Centre.
“I’ve made a dream catcher before,” said Lauzier. “And I play the guitar so I thought making a drum would be really neat.”
Many participants found that it was a good way to learn about the culture.
“It gives me a connection with the culture,” said First-year human resources management. “I can connect with my spirituality and mother earth.”