Message: Harmony between the elements. The inspiration for all Bana Kuma. Element: Earth
Balancing Element: Water
Power: Earth authority and ability to blend in and become one with nature. Environment: Landscape
Dress: Creative dress that uses all things found and resembling nature. Color: Brown and soil tones.
Piwanikkah: Carved club
Kayulah: All mammals
A nose like a rock. Trees for arms. He is a spirit that finds itself taking the forms of things in nature. When you see a mountain or a landscape and you see a being within it, that is Hiamatwéhaum. He lives in nature. He is nature. He is of the earth. Artists who render natural landscapes or trees with faint images of humans inside of their art have rendered an aspect of Hiamatwéhaum. Nature is the most pure expression of Hiamatwéhaum so he desires himself to be seen within it. Like most of the star ancestors, he can shape shift, but he prefers to meld into things and be one with nature. When he is not doing this, he is but a clear spirit. His piwanikkah is a rock or club. His kayula a tree and all mammals.
He is creation that matches the genius of nature or the Hiamatwéhaum of the Creator itself as seen in nature. He prefers brown and soil tones and wears creative dress that uses all things found and resembling nature. The dress of indigenous peoples who use natural materials for dress would be the dress of Hiamatwéhaum. He has the greatest authority over all other Kala Naka in matters of what and what cannot be done on earth. He is considered to be the one most of this place and therefor nothing can be done to the earth by the other eleven without his permission. He is the spokesperson for the earth itself. He melds into landscape and can disappear, therefore he is impossible to fight. Destroy him and you destroy yourself.
Kumau: This is the lowest tuned hand drum and usually plays the yang or alpha parts. This drum should be tuned lower than the other two hand drums and higher than the highest stick drum. It is associated with Nikkah and it represents the father, brother and/ or uncle in the drum ensemble.
Kakuma: The highest set of stick drums in which both drums can be played upright. it can also be played in a traditional West African approach where one drum is played on the side with one hand while a bell is played by the other. Associated with Kiyah, this drum represents the grandfather or elder male. It does not improvise as much as the Kumaba. Wise at interweaving in the life of the rhythm .
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Kumaba: Or the lowest set of stick drums in the ensemble. Most often they are only two drums played upright, but a third drum may be added depending on the rhythm and the availability of the drums. Kumaba is associated with Hiamatwéhaum, these drums represent the grandmother or female elders and are afforded much freedom to improvise along with the Kumasah.