The meaning of the Drum symbol was to signify the heartbeat of mother earth. American Indian drums were of great influence and importance, they are used in various ways to interact with a higher power known to most as the Great Spirit. The drum plays an intricate part in the rituals and ceremonies of the Indians. The traditional Native American drum is quite large, two to three feet in diameter. Drums are made from the natural resources available to them so vary in design from one region to another but they are basically made from a hollowed out log or wooden frame. The opening is is covered with a deer skin or elk skin which is stretched and secured with thongs made of animal sinew. The drum is essential to the rituals and ceremonies that feature dancing as they provide the beat and rhythm to dance to. The drum symbol would indicate that an important event had taken place in the tribe.