Harvey Robinson has made more than 1,000 drums with his own two hands and has inspired countless others to make their own.
The carver, teacher and hereditary chief from Klemtu in the Great Bear Rainforest said he leads students, youth and fellow teachers to assemble a drum, but more importantly teaches focus on the here and now.
“It grounds them, because you’ve got to be focused when you’re working with something,” Robinson said.
“He’s making a drum now and if he misses out on one little thing in there, then you’re not focused. You have got to untangle it again and start over. You always have to have an open mind.”
Robinson works with students in Hope during the school year.
In the summers he is back in his Northern community teaching children of the Kitasoo Xai’xais nation. He passes on life skills and sometimes a song to his students.
“I always tell the kids, we’re all in one canoe together. I’m here to help support you. Then I go to sing the paddle song, kids like it,” he laughed.
On Jan. 18 a dozen teachers got to experience firsthand the focus, work and fun that goes into making a drum.
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