Drum making workshop brings aboriginal culture to life at Carihi-Carihi Mirror

Carihi as students from the Kwak’wala Language class and Aboriginal Support block participated in a traditional drum making workshop.

Jasmine MacGregor/Carihi Mirror Keisha Everson

Aboriginal culture was celebrated at Carihi as students from the Kwak’wala Language class and Aboriginal Support block had the opportunity to participate in a traditional drum making workshop.

The school received money from SD72 to host the workshop that was lead by  Phil Mills and Mavis Aubichon, who not only helped the students build the drums, but provided teachings around the drums as well.

“Phil and Mavis visited us twice over the past few weeks,” said Aboriginal Support teacher, Nicolas Pisterzi.

“The first class was the teachings, preparations and making of the drum together as a group and in the second class we had some more teachings around it, we made the drumsticks and then we did the ‘birthing ceremony’ of the drums.”

Mills and Aubichon focused on teaching the significance of the drum not only as a tool for music, but the spirituality behind it as well.

“The students were taught that every time the drum beats it’s like the beating of the animal’s heart,” said Pisterzi.  “Every drum sounds different and is unique, much like how every animal and human is different and unique.  It is also a powerful tool that can be used as an alternative way to provide healing and medicine for people.”

They fabricated 27 fourteen inch elk hide drums from hides and drum rings prepared with the help of Mills’ craftsmanship.  The students built drumsticks as well.  Fifteen of the drums will be gifted to Carihi and 12 will be gifted to Ecole Phoenix Middle School through Ms. Keisha Everson’s Kwak’wala class.

“They’re very important because the two schools, Phoenix and Carihi, do not have drums,” said Pisterzi.

“And the purpose of these drums is to be able to start drumming groups, ceremonies and to bring more First Nations culture to the schools through the drums.”

Pisterzi explained that Mills and Aubichon want the drums to be accessible to everyone, aboriginal and non-aboriginal students and staff alike, who is interested in learning.

“Phil and Mavis went above and beyond in helping us,” said Pisterzi,  “I really admire Phil for his craftsmanship, he really did go the extra mile to make sure every drum was tightened properly and the hair was taken off.  He was very professional and I really appreciate his teachings about his culture, and Mavis, for her teachings around the birthing ceremony of the drum.  It was just a really great time for us to come together and do so much learning.”

Just Posted

Restoration work on destroyed Campbell River wetland expected to be complete next year

Remediation work on sensitive wetlands south of Jubilee Parkway is expected to… Continue reading

Campbell River neighbours spar over shipping container

The owner of a shipping container that has become the subject of… Continue reading

Volunteers needed to keep St. John Ambulance Brigade alive in Campbell River

The St. John Ambulance adult brigade in Campbell River needs at least… Continue reading

Curiosity is Celia Haig-Brown’s saving grace

While completing her undergraduate degree and even before that, Celia Haig-Brown said… Continue reading

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

Rogue masseur arrested for sexual assault in Victoria

John Heintzelman, 65, is accused of assaulting a person at his former business, James Bay Massage

Most Read