The Iroquois Water Drum


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Essay #: 059103
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The Iroquois Water Drum
There is no simplistic way to address the importance of the drum in First Nations cultures. The website Native Drums advises of this complexity: “Aboriginal cultures intertwine drumming, singing and dancing into their societies’ political and social fabric.” So while there is certainly a difficulty in making any sort of definitive and isolating statement on a particular drum, and its importance to a particular culture, there certainly may be an investigation into some of the more important specifics; that, therefore, is what this essay will endeavour to do. Specifically, this essay will address the water drum, in relation to the Iroquois Nation. Because of the admitted complexity and inter-connections of the drum...
The end: element of First Nations identity, past and present; and yet, almost all the sources are quiet on why this exactly is. This essay has ultimately suggested that an important starting point is to recognize the drum as resistance.
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, Anthony. The Iroquois Water Drum. 4 April 2010. <>.