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Native American Drum Making Workshop

September 7日, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0

$245 – $285

We are delighted to announce that ONACNY is offering a Native American Drum Making Workshop to our community in September 2019. We are honored to invite Squamish native elder Tsawaysia Spukwus (aka. Alice Guss) from British Columbia, Canada to lead the workshop.

About Native American Drum-Making & Birthing:

Making your own drum begins a journey – as you will transform Mother Nature’s Gift into a musical instrument.

“Drums have been used for thousands of years and by many cultures. The drum beat works as a conduit connecting the resonance sound of the human heartbeat and the rhythm of the heartbeat of Mother Earth. When the drum dries, we keep the heartbeat alive by beating the drum. Our culture teaches us that the more drums played, the more harmony, connection, and understanding we have of one mind, one body and one spirit.” ~ Tsawaysia Spukwas

Workshop Outline:

First Day ~ Making the Sacred Drum:

  • Sacred Circle Introduction
  • Ceremonial Welcoming Song
  • Passing of the Eagle Feather
  • Materials & Instruction
  •    Native Songs & Storytelling, Legends, Teachings of making a drum prior to European contact

Deadline for Registration & Payment:  August 20th, 2019. To register or for any questions, please reply to this invitation, email: onacny@gmail.com. Further details are below.

Second Day ~ Birthing the Sacred Drum by the water:

  • Birthing your Drum & Closing Ceremony with Native American medicine songs










About the instructor: 

Tsawaysia Spukwus (aka. Alice Guss) is a Squamish Nation member. Her father, Pekultn was a Hereditary Chief from North Vancouver. Her mother Gwen Harry is 88 years old and still very active in her community. Her family is strong, committed and active in the preservation of their culture and heritage. With over 20 years working with First Nation’s communities as a Director of Education and 15 years delivering Sacred Drum Making workshops, Tsawaysia is masterful at bringing innovative learning opportunities to all people through workshops, drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. She is an avid participant in healing Tribal Journeys and more recently co-produced a number of documentaries including ‘Squamish Nation: Stories from the Heart’, ‘Tribal Journeys’, and ‘Riding with the First Nation’s Snowboard Team’.



Drum Making Workshop
September 7th, 2019
 (Saturday), 1pm to 5pm  (please arrive on time!)
Center for Remembering & Sharing (CRS)
123 4th Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10003

Drum Birthing Circle
September 8th, 2019
 (Sunday), 2pm to 4pm
Drum Birthing Circle outdoor location:
Robert F Wagner Jr. Park ~ 20 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
The park is located at the southern tip of Battery Park City Greenway, between the ‘Museum of Jewish Heritage’ and ‘Gigno’ restaurant, downtown Manhattan. We will meet at the open lawn on the water front.
*P.S. in case of rain or weather conditions, we will move our gathering indoors. Location to be determined & announced.

Workshop fees (Drum materials included):

14” Drums – $245

16” Drums – $265

18” Drums – $285

Drum Raw Materials include:
 14, 16,or 18 inch round (type) drum hoop made of cedar wood, single raw hide drum head (options of deer or elk hide), lacing, and drum stick.

Payment methods: 

  • Paypal (we will send you a link for payment)
  • Credit Card **
  • Personal Check **
  •    Bank Transfer **

** We will provide details to registering participants **

Deadline for Registration & Payment:  August 20th, 2019

To register or for any questions, please reply to this invitation, email: onacny@gmail.com

Registration is First come, First serve!!  We have limited seating for this workshop. Please register as early as possible to secure your spot.

Cancellation & Media Policy:  

Workshop fee is Non-Refundable unless class canceled.

Individual/Group Photos are published on our website with your permission. Photos are taken randomly during the event.  If you would like to exempt yourself, please inform the facilitators. Please refrain from using cell phones, video recording, taking photos while class is in session. 

Mitakuye Oyasin (All Are Related), 🙏



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Event Date:
September 7日, 2019
Event Time:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$245 – $285


Oklevueha Native American Church of New York
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CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
41 E 11st St. 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10003 United States
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