|Late Dorset drum reproductions from|
the Canadian Arctic
In this video clip, I introduce the drums within the context of Dorset shamanism and demonstrate the sounds that the drums make when played:
|The skeletal motif on an ivory bear|
|The drums, a photo of the original artifact and a drawing of|
the tick marks located around the edge of the frame.
|I used rabbit fur on the|
willow drum stick to muffle
the clack of wood striking
|I really like the look of the drum with|
the transparent skin, but it requires
more preparation to get a good
sound out of it because the skin
dries and stretches unevenly.
In this clip I talk about the incised marks on the drum frame and try a couple different rhythms that I think the ticks could be illustrating:
I do think the marks are a piece of written music, but I don't know if we'll ever be able to say with certainty what it is saying. Maybe you have an idea? Does this sequence of numbers make sense to you musically, or do you think it is marking out something completely different? Random is not an option. Someone placed them there intentionally and put at least some thought into their meaning.
1, 3-6: Tim Rast