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Dual Turtle Rattle, Mud Turtle, rabbit fur, turquoise and hide (16.5” x 3”)
Transformational Sacred Drum Medicine is birthed in Sedona, AZ by Walking Crow creating sacred water to soak hides in preparation of assembly. The sacred water contains sacred elements such as tobacco, cedar, White Mountain sage and four pieces, (including fruit and flowers) of many of the plants from the property where the drums are made. The number four is significant as it is honoring the medicine Wheel and the Four Directions. A stone or stones from the property is also placed in the sacred water to honor all our ancestors since the beginning of time. These stones also include stones and crystals given as gifts to Walking Crow by other medicine men and women over the years of working together. The hides and ties to be used for drum medicine are placed in the sacred water at sundown the day before to soften the hide in preparation of assembly and joined together as one. This is done in ceremony, which includes prayer, drumming, singing of sacred songs, offering tobacco by smoking of the pipe to open the spirit portal of intention. We give gratitude and thank the animal for offering itself to be re-birthed in a new vibration. The following morning at sunrise the birthing of the drum medicine starts with more intentional prayer smudging of the area and elements to be used and opening of the spirit portal by smoking of the tobacco and setting intention. When removing the hide from the sacred water tobacco and sage is used as an offering to honor and thank the spirit of the animal. The frame also known as the tree or grandmother is then prepared by smudging with sage and smoking tobacco, blowing the smoke through the frame with intentional prayer. The process of bringing together the animal and the tree is begun by stretching the hide over the frame and stretching the lacing while tying the drum together. The completed drum is then set out to dry for 3-5 days to assure that the elements of animal and tree are completely dry.
The completed Transformational Sacred Drum Medicine will then be used in sacred ceremony as a reminder of where we once came and our connection to the first sound we heard. As we grew in the sacred belly of our mother we were nurtured with love and live in the memory of this experience of how we love through our hearts.