Earth Haven Farm is rooted in traditional native culture and we attend a number of Aboriginal and First Nations events throughout the year. The following products are hand crafted by Kathryn Aunger. Note, that products may not appear exactly as shown and some products will have to be custom made for your order. These products are sold at our farmers markets and local craft fairs throughout the year. Check out our Calendar to see where we will be.
Native Hand Drums
The Native Hand Drum or hoop style drum is one of the oldest and most important instruments to the native culture. Made from deer hide stretched over a cedar hoop, the drum creates a calming vibration that moves the spirit to connect with earth's natural frequency. The steady, strong drum beat is said to resonate with the heartbeat of "Mother Earth."
Hand drums exist in all cultures around the world and there is growing popularity to reconnect to this instrument. Drum circles are becoming ever popular as they bring people of like mind and spirit together in communion, prayer, meditation and celebration.
These hand drums, made by Kathryn, are offered in two traditional styles, painted or unpainted, dressed or undressed and come with a handmade drum stick.. Available at farmgate and spring and fall farmers markets. Various prices - Contact US for more information.
Drum A shows the clean face of the drum when pulled tight around the hoop.
Drum B shows a painted drum with complimentary coloured hide and beads. All dressed.
Drum C shows the standard four directional handle that is created when the hides are pulled tight around the hoop.
Drum D shows a four directional branch handle pattern.
Drum E shows a dreamcatcher style drum back. This technique uses a lot of hide and takes much longer to make.
In many old native traditions across the North American continent, the people believe that night is full of both good and bad dreams. When a dream catcher is hung above the place where you sleep it moves freely in the night air and catches the dreams as they drift by. The good dreams, knowing their way, pass through the opening in the center of the webbing while the bad dreams, not knowing the way, are caught in the webbing and destroyed at the first light of the morning sun.
Even though the designs and legends of Dream Catchers differ slightly, the underlying meaning and symbolism is universal and is carried across cultures and language barriers.
These dreamcatchers are handmade by Kathyn using natural hides in a variety of colours as ability to source, sinews, and found feathers. No two dreamcatchers are alike.
Availabale in 2", 3", 5" and 7" hoop sizes
The story of the talking stick originated with the Iroquois Confederacy of five nations: the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, and the Onondaga. A great leader, Deganawidah, introduced his people to the talking stick. He wanted to bring peace to his quarrelling nation. He felt it was important that people listened carefully and when they were ready to speak, that the words would be spoken from their heart. As the stick was passed around the circle, it allowed each person to speak, while the others listened.
Today the "Talking Stick" can be used in almost any situation to develop respect, listening and communication skills. Great for teachers, students, parents and councilors.
Talking sticks are made from trees cut on our farm. They are cleaned, polished with natural oils and sold dressed or undressed. Each one unique. No two alike.
Natural Deer Hide Rattles
Natural deer hide rattles sewn with rawhide sinew and filled with dried corn or beans make great compliments to Native Hand Drums and drum circles.
The gentle sound of the rattle enhances meditation, prayer and helps one to connect to the natural earthly elements.
Traditionally a medicine bag or pouch was carried by the shaman of a tribe to hold sacred items or herbs that were used in ceremony, for smudging or healing. Many items were said to have supernatural powers.
Today a medicine pouch is used as a container for various items considered to have special meanings or sentiments to the owner. A medicine pouch can contain found items such as rocks, crystals, feathers, teeth, arrowheads, fur, herbs, or special gifts. The medicine pouch can complement the Native Hand Drum or it can be carried in a pocket, purse, or backpack, etc.