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A Thunder Drum Customer From Norway Shines Light On The “Dark Time”

stian a drum customer of thunder valley drum lives in norway
Stian and his Thunder Drum painted by Glenn Lewis.

I am the most fortunate individual on Earth, for practically every time an order for a drum comes in, it signals the start of a new friendship. We swap a few emails, discover our common interests, and share a common goal. Then, by the time the drum is born a few weeks later, we — customer, drum maker and drum—are all friends.

That’s why you are looking at Stian, a resident of Norway, and his drum, pictured here. He ordered the drum a few months ago, but it did not take long for a friendship to take root. After all, theories abound about how shamanism started in Siberia and soon spread in all directions, down into the Scandinavian countries and around the world, so I was interested in its influence in Stian’s Norway. I began to ask questions about life in the far north, and Stian indulged my curiosity with wonderful email replies. Our dialog continues even now, as that recent photo (above) and an earlier one he sent (below) reveals.  Here’s his latest email (reprinted with his permission).

“Hello. Hope it goes well in Kentucky. Here in Norway goes just fine. The days spent on shopping for Christmas gifts to make clear for Christmas. We’ve got some snow. I hope the snow for Christmas.

northern lights in norway
Northern Lights near where Stian lives. (Photographer unknown)

“Since we live north of the Arctic Circle, the sun gone from the sky. The sun does not come back until January. We call it dark time. When the sun comes back in January, we tend to have sunshine party. When we celebrate the sun is back in the sky. We have lots of Northern Lights in the sky, there is one lovely light.

“Otherwise I must say att it’s gorgeous sound of the drum. Love it.

Wish you all well.
Your friend Stian”

Norway drum owner's hometown
Stian used his phone to capture this shot of his hometown.

My reply.

“Hello, Stian. Wondrous to hear from you, my friend, and to read about the ‘dark time.’ It is so refreshing to know that your people embrace the land and its seasons in such a joyful way. I can imagine the wonderment of living a few months in a place without sun, and of how special it must be when the sun returns. It is like a time of incubation before being born. Amazing…and mysterious.

“And I am so happy that your drum is adjusting to your environment and sounding good!

“So very delightful to hear from you. All best wishes to you and to all of those around you in the land of the long night.

Aho & Namaste,

I wish to thank Stian for his emails, photos…and friendship from a faraway place!

stians painted thunder drum
Stian’s drum. (TVD Photo)

A drum in the Artic Circle is so perfectly symbolic. It’s only natural, too, as the drum is both a circle in shape and in representation of the greater circle of friendship that can and should include all of us in this world.


And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. —Black Elk (quote)


Aho & Namaste, Friends Everywhere

UPDATE 12/11/16:

Here is Stian’s wonderful and informative email follow-up to this post:

12/11/16: “That was a beautiful article. Really liked it. Did you know that shamanism is religion in Norway?

“As the first country in the world Norway accepted shamanism in 2013 as a religion in the country. Sjamanistisk Forbund (” Shamanistic Association”) can now perform weddings and other rites in public. The Norwegian government also gives money to support this. Denmark and Sweden are following this and has started the same associations in their countries.

“That’s my religion.

Your friend, Stian”


Thank you, Stian!

Toward A New Home for Thunder Valley Drums!

Thunder Valley Drums Is Moving
We are moving to a new home in Kentucky, with shop space, healing space and maximum love space! The main Thunder Valley Drums site, however, is already right at home on the Web here:

So much moving! The TVD Web presence is partially moving to this new blog (while the main TVD site remains the same), we are moving to our new home, and I’m moving forward with some big plans that will carry us all into 2015!

In this world, movement is vital, or otherwise there is entropy. In the middling spaces though, which is to say between movement and entropy, there is the dreamtime, the place where the seeds of movement are sewn. We have been in the middling realms for a few years now as we sought a home, often nearing movement, but always remaining frozen due to one circumstance or the other. Finally though, within the past five little days, the dream suddenly manifested into reality, and today we finalized the paperwork. A home!

You’ll understand then why I’m so excited, so thrilled, and yet so blitzed. It is not always easy to emerge from entropy. One must build momentum. And once the desired velocity is achieved, there’s the need for maximum energy to keep it going! So today we finalized, and now it’s time to rest before actually packing up for the move. Luckily, we have three weeks to prepare, so there is plenty of time to build momentum for the final push to full speed!

So, soon there will be a new shop space to make drums, a new healing and classroom space, and a new lease on life in full service to you and to All That Is. I do not anticipate any long delays in filling your orders or in getting supplies to you in a timely manner. I’ll only be out of touch for a few days, probably from June 29 through July 4. If you have been contemplating the purchase of a drum or other healing aid, please feel free to order any old time. If you order before June 20, there won’t be any delay at all! And after that, I’ll only need a few extra days to complete your order. Then, by July 5, I’ll be right back into the flow of providing the kind of thoughtful, complete and fast service you’ve come to expect.

It is so good to be moving! Full speed ahead!

Aho & Namaste,