The Red Drum
Come Back To Your Heartbeat
Work with your hands, create with your sisters
Red. Red. Red.
The color that keeps calling us home.
It is in our blood, our birth, and our death.
It is the waters of our life.
The founder of the Red Drum Carriers, Nikiah Seeds, was gifted with the vision of red as she created her first drum years ago, “The entire spirit journey was in red, my guides were red, and when I saw a red drum placed into my hands I knew that not only was red a sacred colour for me, but I now had to figure out how to make my drum red!”
Before history was recorded with the written word, women celebrated with drums. Whether it was during our moon cycle, with the cries of giving birth, or with our final silence in death, women carried the beat of life.
Layne Redmond explains in her book "When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm" that (among many other societies) “The Egyptians also believed that the mother’s menstrual blood descended from her heart to her womb to create the child’s new life. The mother’s heartbeat was the power behind the child’s new life as the goddess’s heartbeat was the power behind creation. This is why the frame drum was often painted red, for it represented the pulse of creation.”