The seed vision of the global MWDG2013 has been planted in Minnesota. We have named ourselves the MillionWomenDrummerGathering 2013-Minnesota. The fruit of the actual drum gathering in 2013 needs the time and actions of 2012 to help it grow. We want 2012 to be the year we explore and learn together from our relationship to trees and drums, their stories and traditions, with a special focus on our land base in what is now called Minnesota.
Ubakas advisory group will be selecting a site on the North American continent as one of the places drummers will gather in 2013. We can contribute the unique histories and traditions happening in our area.
The WDCenter’s MWDG2013-Minnesota branch is bringing Ubaka Hill to Minnesota August 21-25 to speak directly to our community about the vision and current activities, and to teach and drum with us.
*Ongoing: What you can do…
Support the vision, be inspired in your drumming - Come to the Concert and workshop.
Plant trees. It is hoped that by the time of the Gathering 2013, a million trees will be planted world wide by people inspired by this vision. So far this Spring, our Minnesota Branch has helped plant 9 trees. Watch this Fall for posted tree planting opportunities in our area. When you plant trees, take a picture and send it to the WDC, or post it on the Facebook page.
Learn about the ecological gifts of trees and share it with others.
Research the wood/tree of your drum. Where did it come from? Get this information to the WDC so it can be added to our world map of the trees and places of our drums now living in Minnesota.
As consumers of drums, learn about the forest harvesting practices and forest certifications that exist to protect and support the sustainability of our forests.
Learn about drum making and share what you learn with others.
Donate to and have events to raise money to donate to tree planting organizations. Let the WDC know of your efforts.
***Watch for Fall and Winter Workshop offerings. A workshop on Trees-Water-Drums is being planned for November, 2012.
Donate in Support of the Ubaka Hill Weekend!
Here's your chance to co-sponsor the Ubaka Hill event along with the Women's Drum Center!
Please consider making a donation to support bringing Ubaka Hill to Minnesota. The Women’s Drum Center is a 501 3C non profit organization. We want to make this event available to people of all income levels and make it a fulfilling experience for all that attend. As a non-profit offering bigger events such as this one does put a financial strain on our organization. We believe in doing these events and we are excited about this one!
MORE ABOUT the MWDG2013-Minnesota:
Million Women Drummers Gathering 2013 vision is a call to women drummers to take leadership in creating community activities and collaborations that gather people to celebrate and honor Trees, the origin of our drums, for all their ecological gifts and what they teach us about our rootedness in the web of life expressed as “All my relations”. We are being asked to take “conscious actions”, to support the sustainability of our forests, drums and communities for future generations. Our Minnesota branch is learning together about the history, science, stories and traditions carried by trees and drums with a special focus on our local forests, drum making and women’s drum traditions. We are also planting trees. The MWDG vision reminds us that we are the ones creating the traditions today to pass to future generations. Follow us on Facebook
The Gathering is a global event and is projected for October 2013. A location on the North American continent will be selected. The event will include a 2 day Drum Summit for women and girls followed by the worldwide drum Gathering open to all. There will be sites identified around the world.
From Ubaka Hill:
“Our purpose is to gather together in one place as drummers, players of wood instruments, Earth Stewards, activists for positive social change, environmentalists, energy workers, builders and manufacturers of drums, women, girls, boys, and men, all who love drums and trees and care about the future, to celebrate and set forth a commitment to a new mindful model that will preserve and sustain our trees for the drums and wooden instruments we love to play, listen, sing and dance to, to honor our drumming lineage and traditions as we set forth new traditions, mythologies and songs to provide for and carry for the next generations, we propose to create the Million Women Drummer Gathering 2013 in an atmosphere of community and celebration.” from “Our Hearts and Hands to All of Our Relations”.
- Ubaka Hill's Biography
- MWDG 2013 Resources (books, dvds, videos, websites)
- The Women's Drum Center Committment
- Event's Calendar
- Follow us on Facebook
- Monthly Learnings