Premium Navajo Elk & Antler Frame Drum 16" -Tohlakai
This is a premium quality Native American hand drum created by world renowned Navajo drum maker Paul Tohlakai using natural bull elk rawhide. Paul crafted this beautiful hand drum in his signature style that includes an intricate hide cutting pattern and lacing on the back.
The rawhide drum head is laced and gathered in such a way that it produces a superior quality look and sound, it is very well made. A aspect of his signature style featured on this one sided drum is a genuine antler handle that provides better freedom and control of the drum as well as unique beauty. It is very well made and is a drum that is wonderful to both own and play. Each Tohlakai drum is individually hand-crafted. Through the years of drum making, he has developed a unique stretch and tie technique that displays a high level of craftsmanship and allows the drummer freedom of movement. Paul has been creating for over twenty years and his knowledge is seen in each drum.
Paul Crane Tohlakai is a full-blooded Dineh (Navajo ) from the Black Mountains of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. He is an artisan whose drum creations are inspired by traditional beliefs, especially the belief that one’s creativity is a reflection of nature. Spirit to him is the true impulse of his artistic gift as evident in his workmanship, meaningful symbols, and coordination and combining natural materials from his native land in North America. It is his hope that by sharing his talent, others will discover their own beat, rhythm, and relationship to all creation. The head of Tohlakai drums is laced to one side of the frame using his own special style of tying to form a handhold on the back using a beautiful antler.
This design is perfect for drumming circles, sweat lodges or meditation and is popular for both for both standing and sitting. A Tohlakai hand painted deer skin leather drum beater is included, drum measures 16" diameter. Picture is representative, beater colors vary. Authentic Native American, Tribe: Navajo
Paul Tohlakai, is an artist member of the Indian Arts And Crafts Association and has been hand crafting drums for over 30 years. AIAC #5596