Man who gave Native drum to Seahawks’ Lynch honored with another

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 12th, 2014 Last Updated on: February 12th, 2014

When running back Marshawn Lynch asked Seahawks fan John Scott in the crowd for his Native American hand drum at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade last Wednesday, Scott hesitated at first, but then he gave it up.

“I was kind of concerned; he doesn’t know how sacred it is to the Native community, but then when I realized, hey, this is Marshawn Lynch, he just won us a Super Bowl. So I thought it was an even exchange — the drum for the Super Bowl,” Scott said.

Lynch beat on the drum during much of the parade.

Nathan Chasing Horse, a medicine man with the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Nation who is best known for starring as “Smiles A Lot” in the blockbuster film “Dances with Wolves,” heard about Scott’s gift from Tina Hagedorn. He takes a lot of pride in preserving his Native people’s teachings and customs.

“The drum is very important to all Native people’s cultures,” Chasing Horse said Monday.

For him, the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. He uses it during healing ceremonies and said, “My people call it the Chan Chega and the Ichabu, the drumstick and the drum, what it symbolizes is thunder and lightning.”

Chasing Horse said his people believe there is a purpose for everything and, though some tribal members may have frowned at first on Lynch beating the drum during the parade, he said, “When you think about it, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and for that in itself has brought some change for the state of Washington.”

He understands the loss Scott felt when he gave Lynch his drum and was proud of him for representing the giving nature of the Native people’s culture, so during a ceremony at the Tulalip Casino, he replaced Scott’s gift with his own personal hand-made ceremonial drum, telling him. “I pray that this will serve a good purpose in the smoke house or wherever you choose to use it and so my brother friend, this is your drum.”

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Photo from KCPQ-TV/Seattle.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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That was really nice of Nathan. That was nice of John Scott too.

Jaime Rosario

Wopila, Nathan!

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