The Story of our Drum Logo ~
Years ago, when Jonathan first went to Finland to teach, Tuula Nikulainen
signed up for all three courses. She was the only one to do that. On
saying good-bye it was clear that she was burning to get back to the
forests of southern Finland and incorporate her newly found power and
knowledge into her life as felt-maker and artist. A
year later, Tuula showed up on the doorstep in Copenhagen. Here!
she said, and presented a beautiful felted poncho-like cape which she
had crafted herself. Pictured on the front and back was the story of
her experiences visiting the spirit-world, framed by the shape of a
Siberian shamans drum. We immediately fell in love with it, and
made her design into our logo. Tuula was very happy about this
and so are we! THANK YOU, Tuula!
The image itself tells a story:
oval shape shows the form of shaman drums in many Saami and Siberian
traditions. These old oval drums often had the drum skin painted with
characters from the spirit world. The Saami shaman drums ("runebomme")
sometimes show the shamans map of the universe painted on them
with the cosmos divided into three areas: the upper, middle and lower
worlds. Tuulas image shows this in the simplest form. The shaman
can move between the three levels, and sometimes the image on the drum
shows an opening or passage between worlds. On Tuulas drum image
the Tree of Life, or World Tree, connects the three levels, which the
shaman can travel along. We recognize this story from many parts of
the world, including the Nordic cultures. In the Middleworld, you can
see a boat manned with stylized figures. It is Tuulas representation
of the great spirit-boat ceremony she was a part of, and the power of
the felt mantle lives at Åsbacka.
It has place of honor in Dansstugan, where it greets all who come to
work with the Spirits.
can see more about Tuula Nikulainens work at http://tekotuulahdus.blogspot.fi