1 session: Saturday July 7th 9am-4pm
Trillium North Park, Malkin @ Thornton, Vancouver
Registration and cancellation for this class closes on June 23.
Traditional materials of elk hide, real sinew, and old growth cedar come together under the guidance of instructor Delmar Williams to make a tunable drum with a resonant sound, unlike drums made with inferior materials or store bought products.
Working with frames carefully made by Delmar, a full day session takes the group through the process of preparing, cutting, and stretching the hide, so everyone leaves with a completed 17” drum. The class is not physically demanding and offers a pattern of rest built into the day. Bring your own lunch; materials and tools provided. A small class size allows lots of individual attention from Delmar as required.
Please note: Due to the labour and cost intensive work required of Delmar to prepare for this class registration and cancellation closes on June 23rd
Delmar Williams is from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nation. He has grown up within his community and with elders who still speak their traditional language and sing traditional songs. As a child, his family would fish the Fraser River every year to sustain themselves through the year. He carries the ancestral name of Banksht from his mother’s family and the name Xwepilkinem (his father’s ancestral name) which refers to the man who slayed the two headed sea serpent. He continues to learn and grow his knowledge around ancient technologies and ways of knowing.
Delmar is a Big Game Hunt Guide in northern British Columbia and has worked with Outward Bound Canada as a professional guide for several years. Most recently, he has taught with the Seymour Longhouse program where instructors teach fire, cooking with fire, building tri-pods; making slahal sets (traditional native gambling game); hide tanning; basketry; and plant gathering. In the North Vancouver School District #44 he teaches high school students about wilderness survival, fire by friction, and ancient technology.