Drummer Jorge Lewis with his collection of drums. Lewis will be holding a workshop on making elk hide drums.

March to your own beat at drum making workshop

The Museum at Campbell River is offering a rare opportunity to learn about and create an elk hide drum

The Museum at Campbell River is offering a rare opportunity to learn about and create an elk hide drum with Master Drum Maker Jorge Lewis.

On Sunday, June 9, from 1-4 p.m., Lewis will guide participants through the spiritual and creative process of constructing a drum.

To drum is to become part of the greater wisdom of the world.

During the workshop, Lewis will offer teachings about drums, including the respect paid to the animal who has sacrificed its hide, stories of how the drum came to the people, usage of the drum and the spiritual connection of drums that continues from ancient times to today.

Each participant will create a 14” elk hide drum for keeping and will have ample opportunity to discuss drumming and learn about the construction of drums. Lewis is from the Snuneymuxw Nation, a descendent of powerful Shamans, mask dancers and chiefs. He has resided in Campbell River for most of his life.

The fee for the workshop is $200 and includes all of the needed hide and materials. Space is very limited so call the museum at 250-287-3103 to reserve a spot.