I have waited so long for a drum to come my way and finally the day came this week (after waiting 4 years)
I went to see Pedro a sculpture that lives in Muna where he owns el Mirador a look out point over the valley of the Puuc route. Its an impressive view from there and it makes you want to linger just to take in the sight.
But apart from the fabulous view Pedro also does neat work, carving out Lec (gourds) and creating lovely designs.
I had the inspiration to make a call on him as the drum came to mind once again.I arrived to be greeted heartily by Pedro (I haven’t seen him in a couple of years) like old friends do.
Pedro , I said, I have come for a drum . Oh! Valerie, he said I have just completed two ,one is already sold which leaves me with one left . Come on in and take a look at it.
As soon as I set my eyes on the drum I with glee that now you don’t have any Pedro. That one is also sold.
He explained the design; one side being the face of the rain god Chac and on the other another god which neither one of us was sure on. All I have to do Valerie , he said, is to stain the wood and put on the skin and it will be ready for you in a few days. So I left with him , the drum,to finish and he would call me when it was ready.If you come to visit me at The Pickled Onion or just passing by drop in and try out the drum!
We chatted for awhile and he excitedly told me of his new project. He has cleared away a jungle path which takes people to a cave on his property and a longer walk which takes you to some ruins.
He will don you in a sombrero , a machete, a gourd drinking vessel filled with water a Maya pack lunch consisting of masa (ground corn)to make pozole a traditional mid morning meal for the outdoor workers. Along with the masa he will add the chili and salt and fruits all placed in the traditional henequen bag.
Whilst out walking, which could be a four hour hike, you will take a break and he will show you how to prepare the pozole the Maya energy drink ,as Pedro calls it .
When I returned to pick up my drum he was busy cleaning sticks he had picked up to make walking sticks ready for the tours. So if you are in the vicinity you should pay him a visit or I can make the arrangements to contact him for you. He does ask though that whoever would like the hike to be in good health .