March 9th, 2020 Last Updated on: March 9th, 2020
After a positively provoking video of young boys from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Manitoba went viral on Facebook (receiving over 5,000 views in just a few days), individuals from communities all around responded.
The boys wanted to drum—and drum they did—on plastic storage tote bins with any old stick they found. They all joined in to practice drumming and singing, which they learned from an older mentor in their Pukatawagan community.
What they didn’t realize when they played one of their songs for the video that was uploaded to Facebook, was that viewers from all around would want to donate real powwow drums to the boys. So far up to 60 individuals from around the United States have committed to donating a drum to Native communities to allow young people to have access to the instrument.
The boys in the photo above, Marquis Nicholas (13), Gordon Nicholas (12), Wade Drake (8), and Travis Hart (9), have created a drumming group called Young Cree and are excitedly waiting for their very own powwow drum to arrive, which was donated to them by a woman in Tacoma, Washington.
Fred Colomb has mentored the young boys and is one of the main reasons they began learning to sing and drum.
Tesa Hart, a mother of one of the boys, states “He's [Colomb] still supporting them every time he bumps into them out in the community and when there's community functions.”
Colomb says that it honors him to know that the boys will be getting a real powwow drum soon and believes they will go far with their dream. He also stated that “he is proud to see them carry on their traditions as First Nations people and hopes to see them out on the powwow trail when they get their drum.”
Only time will tell—hopefully, we will all see the group Young Cree go on to do amazing things with their talents!