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Social music, rituals
|Behind the Scenes|
Log Drums are musical instruments that are used by the Na'vi to create music for social celebrations and rituals.
Drums are used as musical accompaniment during all social celebrations and most rituals. Na'vi drums are often log drums, usually created out of fallen trees or branches that have been hollowed out by larvae and by the natural decaying processes on Pandora. They are created from a short section of a hollow log. Both ends of the log are covered by the skin of a hexapede.
The best of these log drums are said to be from a fallen branch of a unidelta tree. During its life, this tree usually serves as a host for a species of insect with glowing purple larvae that drill elaborate pathways throughout the wood of the living tree without affecting the tree’s ability to grow. Once the tree (or a branch) has fallen, the larvae move to another tree, leaving the fallen log riddled with channels. These channels give the tree an exceptionally resonant quality.
Any combination of sizes of drums may be used to accompany social dances. However, the larger drums, those whose wood has been channeled by the larvae, are only used for ritual functions, especially those rituals that form a part of the Uniltaron, or Dream Hunt.
Materials and ConstructionEdit
Fallen logs hollowed out by insects, larvae and natural decay, covered on both ends by tanned hide of hexapede. Wooden sticks are used as beaters.
- Small drums are played by individual Na'vi for social dances. Large drums are played by four or five Na'vi simultaneously during rituals.
- James Cameron's Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide pg 113
- Pandorapedia - Log drums article