Have you ever wanted to share something good and so deeply important to you that you would go the extra mile no matter what? Well, this is one of mine: providing drums to people who can't afford them.
I've given away a fair number of drums in the past, but this is something new. And vitally important.
The Hopitutuqaiki project took a significant step forward with the acquisition and erection of the first building to house the school in 2015. Volunteers immediately began preparing the structure, and it's now open.
There is much more needed, like basic amenities, so I believe in helping this beautiful project in every way possible. Thus, as of September 15, 2016, I will begin donating a portion of all sales from my little business to support this little school with a big dream.
I encourage you to check out more information and perhaps you too will feel moved to contribute.
As you'll see in the reference list below, drumming can change lives and improve health. This goes to the heart of what it is to be human spiritual beings when we express the natural rhythm of life by playing a drum. It's good for us. And that's because we are natural drummers. Anyone can do it. Place a drum in a child's hands and watch what happens! No instruction necessary.
And that's exactly what I hope we can do together. Get as many drums into as many childrens' hands as possible.
Thunder Valley Drums
I greatly admire the Hopitu (Hopi) people, a Native American Nation in the Arizona Mesa area primarily. They are known as the "peaceful people," and have carried on their beautiful traditions for eons, despite famine, conquest, epidemics, and natural calamities. To this day, Hopi art is renowned, and their commitment to protecting the Earth and all of its relations is a centuries-long practice that has inspired environmentalists around the world.
In 1999 Princess Irene of Greece launched an initiative to help the Hopi establish a magnet school that would aim to preserve, teach and carry on precious Hopi traditions, many of which are threatened by the on-rush of the modern world. Thus came the Hopitutuqaiki, Hopi School, which started operating in 2005.
This first link will lead to abstracts for some early baseline studies, now 10 years old or so, by an influential researcher, Barry Bittman, M.D.
An interesting overview from NIH published results:
A few random, anecdotal articles, with footnotes for further research:
http://healing.about.com/od/drums/a/drumtherapy.htm(footnotes at the end of Page 2, though some may be outdated)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-about-trauma/201501/the-heart-is-drum-machine-drumming-therapy (overview article from Psychology Today’s site)
Sandra Ingerman, MA, as a good source for books, which include powerful sections devoted to drumming in a shamanic context. She has also produced some good recordings (can search YouTube, or get CDs, etc.), as have several other experts.
Focused On Community
The Hopi School