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Inspirational, Dutiful, The Survivor Lightning Drum

Enter the warrior healer Survivor Drum.

a new drum from Thunder Valley Drums, the Survivor Drum

That name persisted even after I declared not in an earlier post. I am corrected.

The Survivor Lightning Drum was born from a young hickory tree struck by lightning years ago, and, indeed, its name and its story are now its mission as a warrior healer medicine drum.

Here’s a video. And if you have more interest, you can follow this link to its homepage.

Aho & Namaste,

New Thunder Valley Drums Site Premiers September 16

First Thunder Valley Drums Makeover in Years!

Low-res screenshot of a page on the new site…

buffalo drum feature page excerpt on new thunder valley drums site
A portion of the Buffalo Drum page.

It’s been long overdue! So at last the NEW Thunder Valley Drums site will premier on September 15. Excited!

You’ll find it a lot easier to navigate, and it’s prettier too. In addition, you’ll discover TWO new initiatives to help communities in need. (More on that later.) So stay tuned!

Aho & Namaste,

See You At The Healing Festival, July 16-17, 2016

thunder valley drums motto
An illustration from the new TVD Website, coming soon! (That’s the bottom of a Thunder Drum with a drumstick, smudge sachet and its outside lacing folded over.) The symbols on either side of “Live Free,” which is the TVD motto, are Ogham letters which I interpret to represent the motto.

The next Healing Festival is coming next weekend, July 16-17, at the Pritchard Center here in Elizabethtown. I hope to see you there!

Vendors, speakers, healers, psychically gifted seers, and yes, even a drum circle (not sure of the times, but you can check the sponsor’s site for that). I’ll have several drums on hand so you can try out your favorite during the circle. New this year will be some very nice drum bag/backpacks, small to medium hand-sewn purse/carry-alls for toting your smudge and other stuff, some tea light candle holders, a LOT of medicine bags, plenty of new drums, and a unique SQUARE drum made in Peru (and only $44) through a Fair Trade arrangement.

We’re packing up everything this week in anticipation of having a great time meeting new and old friends. Hope you are one of them!

See you then!

Aho & Namaste,

A shamanic drumming for cowboys– What If?

If “Manifest Destiny” had never happened, if attitudes had been open, tolerant and less judgmental, just imagine what it could have been like…

cowboys and shaman drum
Suddenly the saloon was stone quiet when the old piano player pulled out a shamanic drum and began playing it softly and reverently. All seemed as One.


Aho & Namaste,

Original image from circa 1930’s comic, then mashed.


A Drum Midwife Births A New Website

Imbolc photo in Kentucky

Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced i-MOLK or i-MOLG ), also called (Saint) Brigid’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde, Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde, Manx: Laa’l Breeshey), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February… From Wikipedia, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc


Wool socks and shirt? Check! Long undies? Check! Earmuffs? Check! Okay, I guess I can get out of bed now!

Winter has stopped by for a visit here,  and from the perspective of my office window, it looks as though it likes the place so much that it’s going to hang around a while.  Lengthening icicles grow menacingly from the eves, which according to the lore I learned back in West Virginia, means the snow is going to deepen. Temperatures are plunging, headed toward a record minus 15 tonight. The car merely growled when I tried to start it earlier today, so I won’t be able to take drums to the post office for shipment today.

What to do?

Looks like a perfect day to work on the new Website!

Hessd store 2wre’s a screenshot of the new Sacred Shaman Drums storefront. (The eventual address: SacredShamanDrums.com, but it’s only a skeleton right now.) Yes, I’ve decided to change the name back to the original that I started with on my first site years ago. I have always felt it best reflects my attitude toward the precious drums that want to be born in service to healers. I will also maintain the current Thunder Valley Drums site, and allow this one to present a more modern, mobile-friendly persona. The new one will also have a shopping cart!

I know, I know, a shopping cart is a small thing. But it was such a vexation when we tried to attach one to the old site that technicians from the hosting service finally told me to abandon the idea and to make a new site on more modern architecture. So besides being a midwife to birthing drums, I’m now celebrating the gestation and impending birth of a new Website. My Celtic side is quite happy about this, for it is Imbolc, the advent of Spring, a time for new beginnings, the freshening of life, the blooming of expression. It’s when the lambs are born.

So I’m warming to the new HTML5 code, whipping out some heated copy and paste commands, uploading a veritable firestorm of files and otherwise igniting a hot new Website on the coldest day of the year. Way cool. Midwifing a Website.

Aho & Namaste,