Contemporary Women Drummers and Social Action: Focus on Community Service

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Tanice G Foltz


This paper explores the work of six American women who are using their drumming and teaching skills to benefit their communities. Populations served include children, teens, adults, and elders, as well as those with movement and cognitive disorders. Group drumming is employed to bring people together, as a form of occupational therapy, and as a vehicle for confronting personal and large scale trauma, as well as natural disasters. The community work of these women evokes a sense of independence, purpose, and connection in drumming participants in a fun, relaxed context. Regional women’s drumming groups are also explored.


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Tanice G Foltz, Indiana University Northwest

Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Women’s Studies Program


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