The Drum as a Circle
Many drum teachings by First Nations in BC use the circle to represent balance, equality, wholeness and connection. The circle is unbroken and has equal, connected, and infinite points. The Creator is the center, around which all living things—including humans, sit.
Circular drums are made by stretching an animal hide over a wooden frame that can be small enough to fit in a child’s hand or large enough to seat a six-member host drum at a powwow. Not all drums are circular or made using animal hide. For example, the Tsimshian and Kwakwaka’wakw also make and play box drums, which are rectangular.