101 Deweguns... ALiving Hearts Legacy

Our Goal

Our Goal

Build 101 drums from kindness.
On each drum there are 13 sides, do an act of kindness and tell us about it and we will woodburn a message or dedication of your choice. 

Our Goal

Our Goal

Build 101 drums from kindness.
On each drum there are 13 sides, do an act of kindness and tell us about it and we will woodburn a message or dedication of your choice. 

What is 101 Deweguns...

At first glance this initiative of the arts may appear to present itself solely as the making of 101 Hand Drums (Deweguns), but the core of its vision rests upon much more.
It envisions nurturing and strengthening of the voice of our inner child;
building upon ‘Paying Forward’ acts of kindness as we collectively persevere and navigate through challenging global times.
It is supported upon an established foundation embracing and honouring the legacies of Chanie Wenjack and Gord Downie. Our collective’s goal is to help generate awareness and support for the ongoing efforts of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
Our focus is to encourage open reconciliatory dialogue, enabled through embracing the positive human attributes of love, respect, bravery, truth, honesty, humility, and wisdom.

Vision

In the Ojibway language the word ‘Dewegun’ translates to mean ‘living heart’. This strong ‘living heart’ medicine has always played a vital role in the human experience, and continues to this day in helping remind us of our amazing ability to foster the energy of love and kindness towards one another… to all our Relations. Its very nature heals and maintains our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual grounding, thus enabling us the ability to enhance our collective natural connection to our Mother Earth.
We believe the ‘101 Deweguns… A Living Hearts Legacy’ project will empower our hearts and minds to come together in sharing one another’s natural born gifts. This will provide for a safe, healthy environment in which the ‘inner child’ voice in each of us can emerge, blazing a trail into the future nurturing a path of healthy, continuous reconciliation.

Honouring their Legacies

“And when something stirs in your heart A feeling so strong and intense When something occurs in your heart And there isn't a next sentence”

(From the Gord Downie song ‘Son’)

“And when something stirs in your heart A feeling so strong and intense When something occurs in your heart And there isn't a next sentence”

(From the Gord Downie song ‘Son’)

Imagine coming together in an effort to create a ‘next sentence’; a loving, safe, and caring societal environment constructed through the spirit of
reconciliation, set upon a foundation principle honouring Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada. This is the inspiration and driving
force behind the 101 Deweguns vision. It is our sincere wish for this multi-year project to honour DWF’s aim in building cultural understanding
and creating a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. This is an invitation going out to everyone of all
ages from all walks of life to come together to “Do Something”; to help create a visual and audible healing medicine canvas in the form of ‘101
Deweguns… A Living Hearts Legacy’. As a direct result of this initiative, we envision many wonderful relationship circles emerging throughout the
course of this journey, nurturing and empowering our collective ‘inner child’ to find its ‘voice’.
We are honoured and dedicated in doing our part in helping to foster a healthy ongoing investment in the work embodied through the legacies
embraced by DWF.

The Workshop Process

Construct all 101 Drum frames.

Select Volunteers to construct all 101 Drum frames. This step has been secured and completed.

Drum Sanding and Preparation

Drum frame sanding, along with preparation of Grandmother’s Arms/Strykers. This step is set to begin in the spring of 2021, consisting of many Sanding Workshops
stretching over a period of several months, concluding in early spring of 2022.

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Drum Frame Wood Burning

Drum Frame Wood burning by select Volunteers. This step will begin on a gradual basis as soon as Drum frames reach the point of being
finished with sanding.

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Lacing of 101 Drums

Select Volunteers for lacing up all 101 Drums. This step has been secured, and will begin on a gradual basis as soon as Drum frames
reach the point of being finished with Wood burning.

Artist Contribution

Volunteer artist contribution from coast to coast to paint the finished laced Drums, and Grandmother’s Arms/Strykers.  This step will begin on a gradual basis as soon as Drums are finished being laced up.

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Kindness Journal

Throughout every step of the way in the 101 Deweguns journey we are inviting everyone to share with us a story of paying forward an act of unconditional kindness, self initiated or by way of someone they know or know of. These ‘good news stories’ can be shared through our 101 Deweguns web page and/or Facebook & Instagram social media pages, and/or by way of our hard copy journal available at all of our workshop venues.
Each entry will be accompanied by a place to insert the name of whom the ‘good news story’ is dedicated to. The individual’s dedicated name will be wood burned onto one of thirteen sections within one of the 101 drum frames.
These ‘good news stories’ will become infused into the Dewegun medicine, helping to create a collectively empowered ‘next sentence’. Imagine years later looking back at this project with family and friends, reflecting on the wonderful lasting memories made throughout everyone’s participation in this journey.
Imagine where this momentum can take us as a society when we share by example, letting our collective voices be heard, and encouraging others to pay this journey forward through an out flowing of continued support for the work done by the DWF…

Completing This Chapter

Birthing / Feasting

Once all 101 Deweguns have arrived back to us painted…. they will be Birthed and Feasted in Ceremony all together at once. This will be open to any who wish to be involved, and we anticipate this to occur in late summer of 2023.

Drumming from Coast to Coast

In a collaborative effort between the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consulting Company, and the 101Deweguns Collective, the idea here is to host a ‘Coast to Coast Drums Across Canada’ with the 101 Deweguns to echo Unity, Peace and Mutual Respect.
We anticipate this event to happen in the early fall of 2023.

Two different ways can be curated and both would host a gathering at each location:

The traditional Indigenous Call and Response:

1) ‘101 Deweguns’ strategically stationed across Canada first would start in the East and in 5 minute increments would pass on to the next Drum. Once the last Drum Honour Song in the West plays, all 101 Deweguns would come together for the final round.

…OR…
2) ‘101 Deweguns’ strategically stationed across Canada and sing one Honour Song together.

101 Deweguns Exhibit

In a collaborative effort between the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consulting Company, and the 101Deweguns Collective, a 101 Deweguns exhibit will be created and showcased in a series of venues across the country(TBA).
More details to follow… including the possibility of a video documentary chronicling the various stages throughout the 101 Dewegans journey.
Please Note: The duration of this exhibit is yet to be determined

Permanent Home

Upon completion of this initial reconciliACTION journey in support for DWF, it is the wish of the 101 Deweguns collective to have all 101 drums gifted to a permanent home location where they would remain as one complete unit. This would enable the possibility for a showcased interactive display honouring the many involved artists, along with the vast number of dedicated good news stories.
More to come …

Gifting of 101 Deweguns

Upon the successful completion of the 101 Deweguns exhibit, all 101 Deweguns will be gifted to become the sole property of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Future Possibilities

Once the 101 Deweguns have ‘Drummed Across Canada echoing Friendship, Peace and
Mutual Respect’, and concluded their Exhibit series; there is the potential for them to travel
to each of the DWF Secret Path Concerts to be played by members of that hosting
community, and to bring awareness to their particular project, and the powerful medicines
the Drum offers. The idea would be to live-stream during the Drum Circle where people can
donate directly to the DWF.

The 101 Dewegun Collective is open to the idea of continuing to create further drums…

In loving gratitude,
‘101 Deweguns… A Living Hearts Legacy’ Collective