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Vibrant colors and incredibly fine detail.
The buffalo hide top is stretched over a fir frame and laced with rawhide.
Rawhide lacing provides a variety of handholds including a thick handle wrap across the center.
Hoff-Grindstone - Lakota
Paula says - "This one of a kind Bufalo Hide Drum was entirely hand crafted by Lakota artist David Hoff-Grindstone. It is an authentic piece of enduring Native American art and a high quality drum! Use this drum in ceremony or on display."
The buffalo hide is translucent which adds an additional dimension to the enjoyment of this piece.
Turtle design incorporates the Four Sacred Colors.
The pine beater is 13" from head to end of handle and has 7" fringe. The padded head and handle are covered with honey colored buckskin suede side out.
Artist David Hoff-Grindstone
Lakota artist David Hoff-Grindstone is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation Hunkpapa Band.
Raised in an urban setting in Chicago, Illinois and Las Cruces, New Mexico, he was able to immerse himself in many Native American cultures, arts and traditions including his own Lakota roots.
His academic studies included the study of art, cross cultural studies and computer technology from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mesaland Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico and Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California.
A U.S. Navy veteran, David served on board the USS Belleau Wood and participated in the WESTPAC tour in 1988 visiting countries abroad.
David is an award winning artist with clients in the United States and Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Australia and Africa. His goal to share his knowledge of Native American art and tradition and to give back to his community, has led him to participate in Pow Wows, conference, volunteering and fund raising efforts for non-profit organizations using his artistic talents and communication skills.
He is also a northern traditional dancer which allows him to represent himself as an ambassador and mentor of the Lakota cultures to both youth and adults. His involvement has helped bring a greater awareness of the native influence in art and culture.
David currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he actively volunteers in the community and participates in local art groups. Art pieces from his studio Buffalo Spirit Nation can be seen and purchased locally as well as online. He also lectures on Native American culture and traditions, and teaches drum making and other traditional art classes.
THE CEREMONIAL DRUM - Indigenous cultures of the Americas and Canada know and use the drum as the center of all songs, as the great communicator and healer. It is the catalyst for the Spirit of the songs to rise up to the Creator so that the prayers in those songs reach where they were meant to go. At all times, the sound of the drum brings completeness, awe, excitement, solemnity, deep inner relaxation, strength, courage, and the fulfillment to the songs. Every thing, every human action, and every energy revolves in rhythm. It is Mother Earths heartbeat giving her approval to those living upon her. It draws the eagle to it, who carries the message to Creator.
DRUM CIRCLES - "From the Shamans of Mongolia, to the Minianka healers of West Africa, snd indigenous cultures across the Americas, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental and spiritual health." Michael Drake author of Therapeutic Effects of Drumming. Recent studies are indicating extreme positive effects for use of drum therapy, in a wide range of areas including stress, fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, migraines, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, paralysis, and emotional disorders.
THE FOUR SACRED COLORS - Many Native Americans view the world as having four directions. Each direction has a special meaning and color associated with it. The Lakota use the colors black, red, yellow and white to represent the four directions. For some, the colors represent the four seasons and the changes we make on our journey through life. Every tribe and every person has their own beliefs and you