Below are a few of stories from clients who have either purchased one of my hand mad drums or have made a drum in one of my drum works shops.
” Hi Yolanda. I purchased an elk drum from you in 2004 which you painted beautifully with the Women’s Lodges design. In all the years since then, I would only ever use it quietly in prayer or when I just needed to hear the sound of her heart beating close to mine because it would calm me during difficult times. This past weekend, I was visiting a dear friend who is dying. When I left her, my heart was breaking. I was able to stay with a mutual friend who has a quiet home in the country and a space away from the house where I could take my drum and pray. I had never before heard its voice so loud and clear. It brought such a release of emotion and tears that had been bottled up for weeks (so as not to show my friend while I was with her.) The drum gave voice (a loud one!) to my grieving in such a palpable way. I wanted to share this with you because it was your energy and love that went into the creation of this very beautiful drum. And, it was in this most recent experience that I feel a much deeper connection with it. So, in short, thank you again for the drum you made for me 16 years ago! She is carrying me through this really difficult time. Blessings on your continued work in the world.” -Marylin
“Yolanda-She’s absolutely incredible. I’m so honored I found you. Spirit certainly has a way for connection. What you don’t know is that every time I thought I wanted this other drum something said keep looking. This year I experienced two miscarriages one in early January one the last when I found you at the end of March. I was bleeding on 3/21 and sitting in my bed digging deep into the web pages when I found the website for women produced goods and I saw your drums! The divine feminine wanted you to make my drum and like I said..to help me heal and it’s time for me to be sit women and the grandmother drum will be my guide. I am a medicine woman and I am a mother. I weave both now, and I wouldn’t before. Magic resides in all spaces and it’s time for me to see it with all my senses. Much love for you and I’m happy to leave an Etsy review if that’s possible. Thanks again,”-Meredith
Thank You so much for the amazing drum and beaters you have created…I also look so forward to playing the Cd that you sent.
I have played on the drum this morning after opening the parcel and WOW brought tears to my eyes and my heart felt the beats….I sang and felt as one.
I am truly grateful for your gifts of creation, and so look forward to sharing them within my family and groups of children and women.”
Your service is impeccable. 🙂