TREE OF LIFE DRUMS

created by Sierra North

The creation of each drum begins with a shamanic journey to the Spirit of the Drum.  The journey guides me as to what spirits, guides or energies are connected with each drum and  provides the basis for its unique design and adornment. Upon completion, the drum cleansed with sage and receives a shamanic blessing.

I choose to use Remo Buffalo drums for my work.  All Remo Buffalo drums are manufactured with Remo’s Fiberskyn® 3 drumheads and patented ACOUSTICON™ drum shells. These drum shells produce the same tonal characteristic found on traditional wood shell drums with excellent projection and enhanced low-pitched fundamentals. You can play Remo’s Buffalo drum in virtually any weather condition and they will keep their pitch sounding great. 

The Tree of Life Drum has become a popular request, and as no two are ever the same, the individual listings for this type of drum necessitated its own page! 

Each Tree of Life Drum comes with a spirit-gifted Tree of Life Attunement that will be passed when you pick up your drum.  The intention of the Tree of Life Attunement is unification of Spirit; embodiment of the true awareness of the ONE, the interconnectedness of all; awaken the ancient wisdom within; and gift the seeds of creation in order to create in our own lives.  This is a powerful attunement that once recieved, can be passed on by the reciever, provided they have shamanic training.

If you feel connected with this type of drum please contact me regarding a commissioned drum. I do request a $60 non-refundable fee to create a commissioned drum. However, if upon completion the drum does not resonate with you (this has never happened but there could always be a possibility), your deposit can be transfered towards the purchase of another completed drum, feathers, or service of your choice. Please contact me directly BEFORE you send your deposit.

    
Please Note: Pricing varies with the details of the drum.

General Price Guide:

10" Remo Buffalo drum completed and incl ceremony: $175-$200

16" Remo Buffalo drum completed and incl ceremony: $275-$300

20" Remo Buffalo drum completed and incl ceremony: $375-$425

"APPLE TREE OF LIFE"

(please note: in the pic on the blanket there is lavendar and rosehips on top of the drum)

The Journey to the Spirit of the Drum

In the journey to the spirit of the drum I found myself kneeling in front of an ancient apple tree that was in full bloom.  She glows with the energy of abundance, bounty, fertility, and protection of Mother Earth.  Her white blossoms are the shape of 5 pointed stars and when you cut into here fruit you again find a 5 pointed star at its center.  The energy of the divine and its infinite wisdom flows through the Apple Tree of Life and is directly shared with humans as we receive the gift of her fruit and breathe in the sweet fragrance of her blossoms.  She opens the channels of the flow of abundance and the doors of love and forgiveness of the self.  

The Apple tree said that she is often blamed for the fall of humanity from our immortal state by bringing temptation to man.  She said our blame is misguided for she gave us the sacred gift of humanity to further the evolution and development of our souls.  Only as human, can we hear the Song of the Mother and sing back to her with our own joyous Song of the Soul.  The Apple tree nourishes not only our physical bodies, but also our soul.  Her branches bend low to the ground to easily provide us with her sacred fruit, gifted and eaten to receive the reminder of the abundance we receive.  Her many branches represent the many different paths we can choose in this lifetime, with not one being a wrong path, for they all lead to the divine and all bring us the opportunities to heal and grow.  She chooses to grow in close proximity to humans, their fields, meadows, and backyards.  A bluebird flies in and says that within the quiet peaceful solitude of the meadow, is a myriad of life once you are awakened to its voices.

The Awakening Ceremony of this drum took place at the center of a grove of very old apple trees at Gilsland Farm in Maine.  The 5 trees at the center of the grove hold symbolic significance of the 5 main branches (or paths) represented on the tree.  These 5 branches also reflect the 5 dimensions of self, physical, etheric, astral, soul, and divine.  The energy of these sacred trees directly activated the healing vibration and depth of wisdom found in this drum.

This drum is a pre-tuned 22" Remo buffalo drum.
She was painted using India Ink so the transparency and texture of the drum remains intact. This "paint" does not coat the drum and will never fade or wear. 

THIS DRUM IS SOLD.  

The following pics of the 5 sacred apple trees and a photo of the bluebird who appeared in the physical to sit in one of the apple trees!


 "OAK TREE OF LIFE"


 


The Journey to the Spirit of the Drum

In the journey to the Spirit of the Drum I am taken to a meadow.  In the center of the Meadow stands a single giant Oak tree.  The sky turns to hues of blue and purple and the Spirit of Wind fills the air.  My hair blows wildly and I feel a static electric charge run through my entire body.  A brilliant bolt of Lightning fills the sky with Light as it races down and strikes the Mighty Oak at its roots.  The Oak speaks and explains that out of the darkness, the void, the lightening first appeared and gave rise to the creation of Earth.  The Lightning is the voice of God and carries the vibration of his divine will.  It is pure energy, pure light, raw in form, yet full of infinite potential.  The Mighty Oak Tree of Life was first created by the Lightning and then devoted her existence to help the earth grow in her fertile and abundant bounty.  She is a willing vessel that allows the pure energy to ground to the earth as the electric charge races down her strong deep roots and then blasts to the center of the Earth.  The Oak is the messenger/carrier of the voice of God as it is translated/transmuted to Mother Earth.  To place your hand upon an Oak is to feel the energy of God grounded/merged with the Earth.  

This drum is atunable 16" Cooperman drum. (Please note I do not carry Cooperman drums-this was a commissioned drum done on the clients pre-owned drum)
She was painted using India Ink so the transparency and texture of the drum remains intact. This "paint" does not coat the drum and will never fade or wear.  
 
THIS DRUM IS SOLD.  

"MAPLE SISTERS"


The Journey to the Spirit of the Drum

In the journey to the spirit of the drum I am taken to a trio of brilliantly colored trees, standing out apart from all the other trees in the deep forest. They say they are known as the Three Maple Sisters.  Their trunks are dark and slender and seem to bend and twist and sway as I watch them.  They are intertwined at the roots and the crown, a reminder that they are always a part of the Oneness of all.  They are united in physical and in spirit.  They remind us to work cooperatively as one to achieve mastery and skill in ways to heighten our awareness and grow as wisdomkeepers.  Maple trees have a variety of stunning colors in the autumn, ranging from pale yellow to scarlet red.  They find strength and beauty in diversity and say each color has its gifts to the world.  True wisdomkeepers can recognize and appreciate the beauty of the individual through its unique expression of the god light within.  The Maple Tree was given as a gift directly from the stars. It was created by Ursus Major, the Big Dipper, the seat of divine consciousness and the council of the gods.  The story of the maple can be found in Iroquois legend.  The leaves are in the shape of 3 or 5 pointed stars to remind us of their origin, and that we, like the great maple, were made from, and are always connected to the wisdom of the stars.

This drum is a pre-tuned 22" Remo buffalo drum.
She was painted using India Ink so the transparency and texture of the drum remains intact. This "paint" does not coat the drum and will never fade or wear.  

THIS DRUM IS SOLD.  

You can find the Iroquis legend that the drum led me to at: 

"SILVER WILLOW"

The Journey to the Spirit of the Drum

In the journey to the spirit of the drum I was taken to a sacred land.  An ancient Willow tree was standing next to a stream of blessed healing waters.  I could hear the wind whispering through her silver leaved branches, swaying them gently and welcoming me closer.  Concealed and protected within the branches were the Shidhe, the fairies of the land, and a majestic unicorn was standing hidden under her canopy.  She said she is the great protector of the Unseen and mystical creatures.  The one who will work with this drum will learn to navigate the unseen realms and will find that magic touches all of their life.  

The Willow brings forward the energy of the divine feminine.  She embodies all of the three sacred goddess aspects, the maiden, the mother, and the crone.  Her supple branches speak of strength through flexibility.  The silver moonlight shines and casts her in a silver glow.  The sacred wisdom of the Moon is easily accessed through her.  She is deeply connected to the heart chakra and gently cleanses emotions long stored within.  She weeps the sadness from humanity and tenderly returns it to the element of water, for healing, and restoring the vitality of the Earth.  

This drum is a pre-tuned 22" Remo hand drum.
She was painted using India Ink so the transparency and texture of the drum remains intact. This "paint" does not coat the drum and will never fade or wear.  
 
THIS DRUM IS SOLD.  

"FLEUR DE LIS"

The Journey to the Spirit of the Drum

In the journey to the spirit of the drum I was taken to a desert. I am shown a procession of ancient peoples journeying to a great conifer tree.  I can hear them chanting and singing as they make their sacred offerings to the great tree.  In exchange the tree gifts the people the blessings of the Pinecone-symbol of fertility, new life, creation, abundance, and prosperity.  

The great tree is over millions of years old, older than the age of the giant fearsome beasts that walked the earth, older than the highest mountain peak, older than all the fish in the seas.  It is the Origination of Life, the Keeper of the Origination of Spirit.  The ancient peoples recognized the tree for the gifts it generously gives and understood her teachings on the way of life.  It alone stands green, despite its surroundings, for the great tree holds the gift of life within.  It holds both the energies of the Sun and the Moon, intertwines them and remembers them as One.  Neither masculine nor feminine, she carries the energy of both in perfect balance.  It is the ancient Tree of Life.

The Fleur de Lis originates from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.  It is the symbol of the “Tree of Life”.

This drum is a pre-tuned 22" Remo buffalo drum.
She was painted using India Ink so the transparency and texture of the drum remains intact. This "paint" does not coat the drum and will never fade or wear.  
 
THIS DRUM IS SOLD.  

"TREE OF LIFE"


The Journey to the Spirit of the Drum

In the journey to the spirit of the drum I was shown a great many things. I heard a deep deep drumbeat. A primordial drumbeat. The beat of the earth itself. I feel as if I am in a cave. I fly out as a bat. I am still asleep. I am a bear. I feel the power of the rumble of the bear as I wake and I hear the footsteps of the bear in the drum. Then I am an elephant. A lion. A great tree in the savannah of Africa. Then I am all of Africa and then the entire world covers the face drum. Slowly time rewinds and transforms into Pangaea, the beginning of the world. I am Atlantis. I am a willow tree. I am a white bear walking across the arctic. I am a giant sequoia tree. I am a volcano. I am a dragon. I am a unicorn. I am a phoenix. I am the spirit of nature. I am the raging fires of Hades. I am a sunset sky. I am the primordial heartbeat. I am the origin of life. I am the Tree of Life.

This drum is a pre-tuned 22" Remo hand drum.
She was painted using India Ink so the transparency and texture of the drum remains intact. This "paint" does not coat the drum and will never fade or wear.  
 
THIS DRUM IS SOLD.