Tyler reached out to me and asked if I could make and paint a drum for him.  We've traveled together and studied with the same teacher for several years it was a great pleasure to create something special for him.  He told me that he wanted me to make something that was related to the medicine wheel.  I wanted to create something that was traditional and still felt contemporary.  The waves are emanations of energy from each direction.  There are many different kinds of medicine wheels.  Different traditions have different placements and interpretations of each color.  This particular wheel comes from the Mayan tradition with Red being the East, Yellow to the South, Black to the West, and White to the North.  There's more that I could go into but that's for another time:-)