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Circular Drums
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Na'vi Name

Neir’eywa’sa jahmka g’hes


Group of drums over six meters high

Used by



Joyous occasions, such as matings and births



Behind the Scenes
First Appearance


Circular drums (Na'vi name: neir’eywa’sa jahmka g’hes) are used for especially joyous occasions such as matings and births, in recognition of the cyclic nature of life. The size and arrangement of the individual drums within the ring reflect Pandora's solar system. They have been in use for thousands of years.


At the beginning of these celebrations, the Na'vi involved (e.g., newly mated couples, new parents, young Na'vi who has completed Iknimaya) will be the first to “ring the drums” (announce the news), swinging the pendulum beater rapidly to hit all the drums, but in no set pattern. Once the celebratory dances have begun, another Na’vi drummer takes over and plays more rhythmic patterns as accompaniment.

This drum also announces deaths, except in times of battle. Death announcements consist of three complete cycles of very slow steady strikes, once on each drum.



Prop for Toruk - The First Flight

  • Varying sizes of shallow drums in framework represent Pandora’s solar system. Player stands in center of ring below, and hits drums with a beater suspended from a vine.

Behind The ScenesEdit

The circular drums were designed during the development of Project 880 in the mid to late 2000s, and while they appeared as an entry on Pandorapedia in 2009 the design remained unused until their appearance in Toruk - The First Flight, in 2015.


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