The Passamaquoddy Song of the Drum

I sit down and beat the drum, and by the sound of the drum, I call the animals from the mountains. Even the great storms harken to the sound of my drum.

I sit down and beat the drum, and the storm and thunder answer to the sound of my drum. The great whirl-wind ceases its raging to listen to the sound of my drum.

I sit down and beat the drum and the spirit-of-the-night comes and listens to the sound of my drum. Even the great wind-bird will cease moving his wings to hearken to the sound of my drum.

I sit down and beat the drum, and the spirit-under-the-water comes to the surface and listens to the sounds of my drum, and the wood-spirit will cease chopping and hearken to the sound of my drum.

I sit down and beat the drum and the great Abbodumken will come out of the deep and hearken to the sound of my drum. The lightening, thunder, storms, gales, forest-spirit, whirlwind, water-spirit, and the spirit-of-the-night-air are gathered together and are listening to the sound of my drum.


(As recorded by J.D. Prince, 1901)


J.D. Prince
c. 1901
CANADA Southern New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Southern New Brunswick, CANADA
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