Category Archives: Native American Music

Native American Drums and the Meaning of Their Beats

Native American Drums and the Meaning of Their Beats

Music holds an important role in Native American culture, used for various purposes, including recreation, healing, and expression. Complex and rich with emotion, Native American music is touted as intricate and interesting. Though Native Americans use various instruments to create music, perhaps the most well-known is the drum. Native American drums symbolize and express their… Continue Reading

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Gourds are crafted by Native American artisans and they have been utilized to make many items, including birdhouses, pottery, and musical instruments. The gifting of a gourd rattle is a spiritual tradition; the rattle must be handled with care, as it is highly symbolic. Here we describe the histories of a few of the gourd… Continue Reading

Importance of Music in the Native American Culture

Importance of Music in the Native American Culture

Music is an important part of all cultures and Native Americans are no exception. They may not have spent their evenings listening to jazz or an electric guitar like some of our ancestors, but Native Americans have a storied history when it comes to their own unique hand-made instruments like drums, flutes and rattles. Here’s a… Continue Reading