Festival of All Things Arts


Khast’an Drummers

The Khast’an Drummers are a group of Lheidli T’enneh members and friends who have passion for the drum and the cycles of life it represents. The name Khast’an means fireweed in the Lheidli dialect of Dakelh. The Khast’an drummers are like the beautiful fireweed plant which represents new growth following a forest fire, the coming and peak of summer, provision of nourishment, having medicinal properties and binding qualities. The Khast’an group is constantly growing with the goal of promoting community growth, the Dakelh language, history and culture through song and dance.
During our interactive and informative drum workshop we share the significance, protocols, histories and stories behind the drum, songs, dance and ceremony while we remind participants that each nation and individual may carry diverse perspectives, protocols and teachings of their own. Some time will be spent on learning and practicing drum songs as well as a discussion on following your heart to develop your own songs.
Aboriginal-Day-2018-courtesy-Jacquie-John Khast-an-Drummers
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