“Turtle Love” 17 inch Mother Turtle Painted Indigenous Hand Drum: The Turtle is amazing and beautiful. Thirteen sections represent the thirteen moons in a calendar of a year. Life is all about balancing and nurturing relationships that promote respect and love for all of us.
This hand painted 17" Cree-style 13 Moon Deer Skin Hand Drum was hand made in Ontario, Canada by local indigenous artists. It comes with a traditional native hand drum comes with a beater collected from a fallen tree branch which creates a beautiful beat to take your journey with. Some people like to also purchase a grey bunny tail for a softer drum beat.
This 13 Moon hand drum design and construction originates from within a local Indigenous cultural collective known as "Kimisken", established in 2000 by Jackie Labonte and Oliver Nobosin.
Jackie (Tekiaiatakwas) is from the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Jackie resides in the Niagara region and has worked with native organizations for over 30 years providing services, charing traditional teachings and serving as a Cultural Advisor.
Oliver is Swampy Cree with mixed German Welsh descent, having lived in the Niagara region all his life. He is established singer drummer and drum maker, having facilitated many requests for custom designed native drums for individuals and groups both domestic and abroad. Even though this hand drum began its journey sharing certain characteristics with our other drums, in your hands it is now a unique one-of-a-kind work.
Artwork is done by the very talented Gina Wilson-Mcintee of Dunnville, Ontario. Gina is a visual artist and educator based in Dunnville, Ontario, along the beautiful Grand River in Haldimand County. Through her art, she has created organization logos, awards, community murals, and illustrated books. She is known as a community animator, with the unique ability to capture the spirit of a community, strengthen connections and bridge ideas through her images. Her message is of unconditional love for yourself and spreading it outward to your community.
All three artists are part of the 101 Deweguns project. It was created to empower individuals, families and communities to embrace truth & reconciliation. Please visit it and support this worthy project by clicking here.