Students learning to make drums at Barriere high school

Students learning to make drums at Barriere high school

Students at Barriere Secondary are currently making seven hand drums for the school. The process began with the stretching of an Elk hide. The school newsletter notes that Micheal Loring was key to this process and did an excellent job of building the frame then lacing and stretching the hide to the frame. Cy Celesta, James Celesta, Justice Wassmer and Spencer Shilling were involved in the removal of the hide from the frame once it had dried. Ms. Trimble’s classes also had presentations on the science and math of creating a hand drum. The next step in the process for the students will be to cut the drum heads and lacing, and students will be involved in doing some math to ensure that they make the correct cuts from the elk hide. The Aboriginal Girls and Boys Group will be learning how to put the drums together in the near future. Throughout this process students will have lessons based on the teachings of the drum. The school reports that once the drums are completed, all students will have the opportunity to participate in hand drumming and singing.