Adrumnik

Adrumnik

Adrumnik

 In 2011 a group of youth at Aqamnik Elementary wanted to know about the big drum. They were all so young and small that a picture of the youth singing and drumming around a drum was enormous compared to them in size.  Malyan Michel, a great teacher, took a group of young ladies years ago to teach the Ktunaxa war dance songs so the songs wouldn’t disappear. Traditionally the men are the ones who sit at the war dance drums but at that time it was noticeable the men were missing because of the changes to Ktunaxa culture. Two generations later one of those young ladies, Janice Alpine, took youth from Aqamnik under her wing to share what she was taught. The youth, now named Adrumnik, have been called upon to open ceremonies, attend festivals and participate in powwows. Adrumnik have also recorded a song with locally known singer-songwriter Doug Mitchell, called the Belly of Your Neighbour. The Chief of Tobacco Plains stated, “You are bringing the men back to the drum.” These young fellows take their job seriously as they perform on behalf of their nation. The most recent opening event was for the Basin Network Youth Summit held in Kimberley.