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Hand Drum and Beater

Drums have always been an important part of Wendat culture. Drums are played during ceremonies and accompany singing and dancing. The beat of the drum symbolizes the beating of the heart for the Wendat.


  • two balloons
  • a round plastic container
  • two elastic bands
  • art supplies to decorate the drum (optional)
  • piece of material for stuffing
  • stick or tree branch measuring about ½ inch in diameter, and 12 inches long
  • string or wool (optional)


Materials needed for hand drum and beater   Step 1. Cut the bottom off a round balloon (before it's blown up).

Step 2. Stretch the balloon over the plastic container. Secure the balloon with a rubber band.   Step 3. Decorate your hand drum if you wish.

Step 4. Cut the bottom off another round balloon. Stuff scraps of fabric into the end of the balloon to make a small ball.   Step 5. Poke the stick into the stuffed balloon. Gather the opening of the balloon around the stick and fasten with a rubber band. If you like, you can cover the rubber band with string or wool.

Now you can play your drum. See how many different rhythms you can make.  

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