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Old 03-22-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Painting Hand Drums

I make hand drums and powwow drums. I am Mohawk. One of the teachers in our community said it is not good to paint a hand drum since the hand drum is a our grandmother and we would not paint the face of our grandmother. I had not heard this before though I know the traditions for making drums waking and feeding and honoring them.

Has anyone else heard this?

My family hid my origins so I am new to our culture but learning quickly.

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I make hand drums and powwow drums. I am Mohawk. One of the teachers in our community said it is not good to paint a hand drum since the hand drum is a our grandmother and we would not paint the face of our grandmother. I had not heard this before though I know the traditions for making drums waking and feeding and honoring them.

Has anyone else heard this?

My family hid my origins so I am new to our culture but learning quickly.

Thanks all
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Depends on the tribe and clan. Some are painted to aide healing the sick, they are in designs according to dreams and such.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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Hello Turtle. Welcome to powwows.com. Hope you find your time here a pleasant one. I read your post and had a few question if you don't mind.

You state you are Mohawk. You didn't say where you lived. Do you live near a large Mohawk population? I believe the Mohawks are near the New York/Canada border. Correct me if I'm wrong.

You state, 'One of our teachers'. Is your teacher also Mohawk?

You didn't say how old you were. You did say you family hid your origins. Why would they want to do that?

I would like to caution you about asking others opinions on Tribe specific questions. If you're Mohawk, you follow one way. If your teach is Mohawk, then you listen to him because it's Mohawk way. If he's not Mohawk, then is it right to mix different tribal teaching?

Now if you come on here asking the world's opinion, someone from another part of the country, a different tribe or someone from another country, like Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia...who knows where...and you use that as your answer, then you have mixed tribal teachings with non-tribal teachings.

In time, you will learn it's ok to ask generic questions, but when it comes to tribal specific answers, you may get an answer you wouldn't want to hear.

Good luck in your endeavors.
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ANYWAYS.....im pueblo/ute....we paint drums all the time....500 tribes in USA alone so 500 different answers and 500 different customs......so who knows....follow protocol specific to YOUR people

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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My Ojibwe friends painted thier hand drums too. I did some looking up on the net.
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I make hand drums and powwow drums. I am Mohawk. One of the teachers in our community said it is not good to paint a hand drum since the hand drum is a our grandmother and we would not paint the face of our grandmother. I had not heard this before though I know the traditions for making drums waking and feeding and honoring them.

Has anyone else heard this?

My family hid my origins so I am new to our culture but learning quickly.

Thanks all
Turtle
Every tribe's teachings are different. What is right for one tribe may be wrong to another and vice-versa.

Before the big drum (powwow drum) most tribes used hand drums for ceremony and social occasions. Those that painted their drums did so with a purpose. Times have changed and now painting of drums is done for other reasons as well.
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