Carlee's Prayer Drum

My instrument is called a "Prayer Drum." My Dad helped me make it. First my Dad and I found a coffee can. Then my Dad cut it with a table saw.

Then my Dad helped me poke two holes in each side of the coffee can with a drill. Then I untied strings from a bag and tied them to the coffee can.

Then I tied two beads on the ends of each string. Then my Dad helped me drill a big hole in the bottom of the coffee can. I put the handle through the hole, and my Dad bolted it in beacuse it was very HARD!

Then I got a paper bag and decorated it so I can tape it to the ends of the coffee can. Then my Dad held the designs while I taped them to the coffee can. I taped all around the coffee can so you can't see it.

Then I decorated strips of a paper bag and glued them to the sides of the coffee can so you couldn't see the writing. Then my Dad held the paper bag to the coffee can while I glued it. Then I let the "Prayer Drum" dry.

It took one day to finish my "Prayer Drum."

You can shake it to produce sound. The "Prayer Drum" has to be shaken to produce sound. You can shake it fast to hear LOUD dynamics, and shake it slow to hear SOFT dynamics.

You can't change the pitch of the "Prayer Drum." I think the timbre of the "Prayer Drum" is both smooth tones and brassy.

I don't know much about the history of the "Prayer Drum". One thing I do know is it's used in Native American Ceremonies among many tribes.