Labyrinths have been around for as long as recorded civilization, and representations of labyrinths can be found in ancient Aboriginal, Greek, Roman, and Native North and South American cultures. Huge labyrinths can be found on the floors of classic churches worldwide.
Labyrinths are not mazes. They are different because a labyrinth has no dead ends. There is one path and that path winds around, making several 90 and 180 degree turns along the way, taking the traveler to an inner core. The effect is calming and meditative, no matter if you walk a full-sized labyrinth, or simply trace one with your finger.
This drum is made of natural elk and is wonderfully smooth for finger tracing. On the sides are the four phases of the moon. The back is laced with artificial sinew. I prefer it to rawhide lace or even real sinew as it is stronger, maintains its tensile strength through different humidities