Algonquin students build Indigenous drums

April 4, 2018

Algonquin College students have constructed a large traditional drum on each of the institution’s campuses to be used in ceremonies and gatherings as part of a college project to instill Indigenous traditions in the college’s culture. “For many Indigenous people, the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth; that’s what one of our Elder’s shared with me,” says Algonquin Manager of Indigenous Initiatives Andre O’Bonsawin. “What we’re trying to do with this project is embed Indigenous knowledge and cultural teachings in the College.” The drums were made under the guidance of Indigenous Elders using traditional materials and craftsmanship. Cree drum-maker Dave Hookimaw said that he was happy to see non-Indigenous students participating in the event, as they often lack opportunities to be exposed to the culture. “I just think it’s always good when you can bridge two communities together,” said Algonquin Student Kate Greenland. “And the idea that this (drum) is going to be used forever was really special.” Algonquin | Ottawa Citizen