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The cancega (drum) has spiritual signifcance to tribal nations. The purpose of the drum is to Embrace, Heal, Comfort, and Encourage The Lakota, Dakota, Nakota believe the cancega is the heartbeat of the nation and represents the thunder beings. Most cultures have some type of drum. Tribal nations to the East had drums made of bark; tribes to the South used metal, hide and water drums; tribes to the West have wooden drums; and tribes in the Northern Plains use rawhide drums. Full Story

Jonnie Clifford, 2012 AIHEC Student Conference Coordinator
Phone: (605) 455-6047

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March 24-27, 2012


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Jonnie Clifford
P.O. Box 490
Kyle, SD 57752

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Oglala Lakota College/AIHEC


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