This concept of the circle is very important to the Anishinaabeg--a word in the Ojibwe language meaning 'the People'--and because the circle has no beginning or end, it brings people closer together. It is used extensively in powwows. The dancers are in the center, the drums and the audience circle around them and the concessions surround the gathering. The powwow brings the circle of people closer to family, friends and the comfort and vitality of the culture.
The drum has its own life. It is made from two once-living beings - the tree and the animal (deer, elk, moose, etc.). They gave up their lives to contribute to our happiness and life. The drum must be treated with respect. It helps people stay in touch with the heartbeat of Mother Earth.