The Red Drum is our female reclamation of so much that was taken from us over centuries of patriarchy. It is time for us to step forward with a deeper understanding of what the red drum means for us as women and to dive deep into the ancient pulse of the great mother through the heartbeat of our drums.....
Layne Redmond says “The drum was the means our ancestors used to summon the goddess and also the instrument through which she spoke. The drumming priestess was the intermediary between divine and human realms. Aligning herself with sacred rhythms, she acted as summoner and transformer, invoking divine energy and transmitting it to the community.”
I would like to share with you a little bit about the journey of the Red Drum as it is a lineage trusted with me, but originally created by Nikiah Seeds Nikiah shared the story of the red drum with me and I in turn pass it on to you… In her first year of a shamanic apprenticeship her teacher had the group make drums for shamanic journey work. Before making her drum though Nikiah Journeyed to ask for images and information about what her sacred drum was to be for her, and all she saw was red. The entire shamanic journey was in red, her guides were red, and a red drum placed into her hands--showing that red a sacred color for her and her drum. Now she had to figure out how to make her drum red! Over the next months, giving away to many years, the significance of the color came to her over and over…. Since that time she learned how to keep her red drums from turning brown by mixing different plant materials together to come up with the dye that we now use today--one that does not fade and has a brilliant red to it! Nikiah is only woman making and creating red drums in the world-with the exception of those who are Red Drum Leaders like myself…
We as women have always been drum carriers, but have forgotten the ways, and red has always been our colour, the colour of the goddess, and the divine feminine, but this too was taken from us. And so it is, that every woman who owns a red drum, IS a red drum carrier, and each of you are about to join the community of women who are so!
Layne Redmond Quote: “It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother's heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother's blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother's ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother. This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother's womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother's blood before she herself is born. And this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother. We all share the blood of the first mother - we are truly children of one blood. “