Made from a Lightning-Struck Hickory Tree, reinforced with numerous interior splints and an oak hitching form on the bottom to secure the lacing. (Learn more as Shaman Bob recounts the Survivor Drum story in the audio file, below right, beneath the video.)
About 9 – 10 inches across and 12 inches long. Drumhead size measures approx. 7 inches wide by 8 inches long. Circumference about 33 inches.
5 Lbs, 14 oz. (Heavy for a small drum)
Horsehide tied with Elk and Buffalo lacing.
The Tiara: More than 100 Copper spacer beads (2x3mm each) and two goldstone beads (which are made from glass and copper) envelope white deer lacing, which holds an original artwork comprised of a lightning-struck cherry wood pendant with an entwined leather Celtic Knot. This knot represented many aspects of existence to the Celtic peoples, and is featured to represent the concept of eternity, i.e. survival, on this drum.
A Thunder Valley Drums nameplate of authenticity is on the inside of the Survivor Drum, there to also protect emerald chips buried into the frame, a TVD shamanic tradition.
This Lightning Drum Is The Quintessential Symbol of Defiance Against the Odds
Of hope when there is none.
Of the hidden spark when the apparent light expires.
Its name is its life story. And its mission.