Our workshops bring together the gifts of music and art for inspiration and well-being.

 – Dennis Shorty

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Dennis and Jenny Shorty offer single or multi-day hands-on cultural workshops from their home in Ross River. Workshops consist of singing in Kaska, bracelet and drum making, drumming, singing, and storytelling, where Dennis tells of the history of the area which was once a traditional celebration ground. Workshops can be hosted in English, German or Kaska. 

Immerse yourself in the rhythmic world of traditional hand drum-making in our interactive workshop. Designed for music enthusiasts and craft lovers alike, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to delve into the cultural and artistic significance of hand drums. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, participants will learn the age-old techniques of crafting drums by hand, from selecting the right materials to understanding the intricacies of drum tension and sound quality. As you shape and assemble your drum, you’ll gain insights into the historical and spiritual aspects that make this instrument so special in various cultures. Our workshop emphasizes a hands-on approach, ensuring that each participant receives personalized attention and support throughout the drum-making process. By the end of the session, you’ll not only take home a beautifully crafted, custom-made hand drum but also a deeper appreciation for the art and tradition it represents. Join us for a memorable experience that combines craftsmanship, creativity, and the timeless joy of music.

Workshops offered

  • Antler jewellery carving
  • Acrylic painting on canvas
  • Drum making 
  • Copper jewellery  
  • Drum and sing circles
  • Storytelling 
  • Drum Bag Sewing Classes

“Dene megagunehtani eneta gushazi esdege metsi la nehtset … People can see it and feel the energy that I put into each piece”

– Dennis Shorty

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