Seven Cedars is an award winning Women’s American Indian Drum Group. Consisting of Constance Birtch, Rosemary Bushy, Chris Wheeler, and Michelle Windwalker, and located in Pennsylvania, the group gathers around an amazing drum and sings traditional and original drum songs at pow-wows, gatherings and special events that honor the Earth or serve the community.
Their experiences have been both varied and moving. As part of the contingency representing Berks County, Seven Cedars drummed for the inauguration of Governor Ed Rendell, who raised his arm in gracious acknowledgment. Coming from the governor of a state who has thus far refused to recognize the indigenous people of Pennsylvania, the gesture was both ironic and bittersweet.
While performing in an international percussion festival at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Ohio, Seven Cedars was honored to share the stage with such percussion greats as Maruga Booker, and Aierto and jazz legend, Flora Purim.
One song written by, Michelle Windwalker, titled Lenape Nan, was used in an exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Musuem of Archaeology and Anthropology..
Only a small minority of powwow drummers are women and it is widely considered to be the domain of men. Therefore, it was with great surprise and humility that Seven Cedars took home the championship trophy from the drum competition at the Two Moons Memorial PowWow in Shartlesville, Pa.—two years in a row!
Still, if asked, the ladies will say with certainty that the most meaningful moments of their more than 10 year long journey with this drum have come in times of service to the the Creator, the Earth, and the People. Over the years, they have drummed for namings, weddings, the introduction of babies to the circle, and in honor of our military and elders. And always, when the ladies of Seven Cedars drum, it is with reverence , respect and love for the Earth Mother, who’s heart is heard in the beat of the drum.