Cordova - Native Village of Eyak Drum Making

Learn to make your own traditional Native drum with Instructor Brooke Mallory.

  • Learn the process of making a drum.
  • Create your own traditional piece of artwork to bring home.
  • Listen to a traditional drum and song performance.
  • Hands on learning experience.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration

    1hr30

  • Max. passengers

    20

  • Booking code

    A-CDV7

  • Notices

    Appropriate layered clothing (weather dependant), and comfortable walking shoes.

Drums have been used for thousands of years in Native Cultures.  They offer a connection to the spirit world and our ancestors.  They lead us in ceremonies and gatherings, provide our dancers with a beat, and have even been said to have healing power to the body. Join us after the presentation at the Cordova Center to hear this traditional instrument played, learn its history and meaning, and create your own 10" round wooden frame stretched-hide Native drum. All materials are included, and guidance is given by a member of the Native Village of Eyak. After crafting your drum, it will need to air dry on both sides and may take up to 1-2 days. 

Practical information: 

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate layered clothing (weather dependant), and comfortable walking shoes. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes.