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A Drum Buyer’s Thoughts & Photo of Her New Hummingbird Drum

medicine drum with Hummingbird painting
A healer’s medicine drum.

What a thrill to receive photos from a wonderful customer! Luanne, a Reiki practitioner and healer from Pennsylvania, sent along a shot of her new Hummingbird Drum.

It’s easy to see Glenn Lewis’s masterful touch with the painting of a Hummingbird amid beautiful flowers. The Hummer has always been a special symbol and friend, according to Luanne. And she liked the drum’s sound, too. Here are a few emails from her, the first having to do with the drum’s arrival, and the second recounting the special smudging ceremony she performed with it. Note that she also references her receipt of a Lightning Necklace in the package too :

Greetings, Bob:)
My Drum Partner has arrived home, safe and sound!!! Your saying that he is BEAUTIFUL is an understatement!!! I am in awe of your and Glenn’s talent. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart:) His energy is powerful! So is the energy from the necklace! They are both resting now and acclimating to their new environment. We have already bonded and are looking forward to doing energy work together.

Love, light, peace and blessings,

Here’s her second email from a day or two later:

My Drum Partner was well rested by this evening, so I used your lovely package of herbs and sweetgrass for the blessing ceremony. I attached the lightening-struck wood with emeralds, as I found this a sweet touch. Thank you:) I must say that the sound is melodious and deep. I feel the vibration in my heart and soul! We are true partners and I have you and Glenn to thank. Please accept my deepest regards. I am in awe yet again!

It fills my heart. Thank YOU, Luanne!

Aho & Namaste,

Thunder Valley Drums Post-Super Bowl Ad

As I see it, the Super Bowl score was 127 to six. That is, there were about 127 bad Super Bowl ads, two cute, two weird, one boring and one shocking. And as a veteran watcher of most Super Bowls, I can say this was the worst, not only for ads, but also for a lop-sided game. Denver is a better team than displayed, and Seattle is as good as it displayed. Overall then, this was a ho-hum affair, about on par with watching traffic…without the interruption of dumb ads.

The real shocker ad, by the way, was seeing Bob Dylan shilling cars. How far he has fallen, and how far has fallen an iconic symbol of the 1960s. The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, as unrestrained capitalism steamrolls even one of its greatest critics. I suppose he will go on from here to do a Goldman Sachs or Chase Bank ad.

So, to brighten the mood, I thought it time for a good ad.

I think a good ad is one not written by the owner of a business, but rather, written by a customer. So, here it is, unrehearsed and unprompted (by me), direct from a customer I’ve never met (even though I hope our paths may cross sometime, as we share many similar interests). Direct to you from Texas, I bring you… Priya!

From Priya, in Texas
Priya plays her Hummingbird Drum
A sacred moment in Texas.

“Perhaps you are wondering….hmmm..should I invest in a handmade drum for my shamanic practices?  Is it worth it? I mean really, how could it be that different from others I have found on the Internet? The difference is who makes this important tool for your healing work.  From the first interaction to the last I knew I was working with a professional, dedicated and thoughtful healer.  He took such an interest in who I was as a healer and concentrated on bringing in my energy as he created the drum.

“He worked quickly too! I got a custom drum with hand painted artwork in 2 weeks.

“When I opened my package I could feel the physical and energetic craftsmanship that went into it. I had never used a drum to lead guided journey work for a workshop, so I was nervous.  The drum was my ally. I could feel it as part of me. From the email correspondence from Bob I knew it was because he let the drum create itself and held space for my energy.

“Do I love it? Yes!  Do I recommend him? Heck, yes! Thanks Bob.


You can read more about Priya and her shamanic practice on her blog and Website. She kindly offered her permission for me to reprint her email. Thank you, Priya!

Aho & Namaste,


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The Hummingbird and The Healers

Healer Priya plays a TVD Hummingbird Drum
Priya (center) plays her TVD Hummingbird Drum during a 2013 healing event in Texas.
Priyas Drum
Priya’s drum right after artist Glenn Lewis painted it.

It’s been said if you don’t want to work, do something you love.

Well, I’m doing what I love, and it’s easy to see why when I get the pleasure of making new friends around the world. Here’s one (see photo) of them, Priya. She’s the one in the center of the photo playing her Hummingbird Drum while leading a group during a recent healing festival in Texas. She had sent me a link to her blog after receiving the drum so I could see it in action. What a beautiful and sacred scene.

You can read Priya’s entertaining and insightful account of the event on her blog, as well as visit her new and growing Website. She is offering many shamanic services, and she told me that she is also planning to offer a line of healing aids for people.

It is so heartening to see a younger generation of shamanic practitioners like Priya carrying on the beautiful tradition, while more and more people connect with and benefit from it. In short, I see great hope for the future.

Before I sent the drum to Priya, I took a picture of it under the tree in our front yard and next to a pot of impatiens that Diana had planted. It seemed too good to pass up, given the fine, fine painting on the drum by artist Glenn Lewis. It was based on a photo that Priya had sent. We just knew that this drum was destined for beautiful service in the hands of a gifted healer.

I wish our Healing Sister all the best!

Andy's drum
Andy’s Hummingbird Drum, along with his Lightning-Struck necklace and other sacred items.

The mention of dedicated drummers would not be complete without including another friend, Andy, over in England, who submitted this wonderful photo (below) of his Hummingbird Drum this morning. It’s been a wet season in his country, so it was time to rejoice when the sun came out by taking his drum ally along for a sunbath.

Andy’s photo is a good reminder of one way to tune your natural drum. Damp days will make it tired, so a brief time in the sun (or a bit of heat from practically any source, even a brisk rub with your hand) will awaken and energize your healing partner.

Thank you, Andy!

Someday I hope to meet Priya, Andy and the hundreds of other honored drummers and others who have taken the time out of their lives to share a word with me in letters and emails from their parts of the world. We all share a common passion of service and exploration. And that is what we truly love to do.

Wishing bright blessings to you and to all of those around you, my friends.

Aho & Namaste,


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