Circular Drums

The circular drum is used for especially joyous occasions like matings and births, in recognition of the cyclic nature of life. The size and arrangement of the individual drums within the ring reflect Pandora’s solar system. (Read more)
At the beginning of these celebrations, the Na’vi involved (e.g., newly mated couples, new parents, young Na'vi who has completed Iknimaya) will be the first to “ring the drums” (announce the news), swinging the pendulum beater rapidly to hit all the drums, but in no set pattern. Once the celebratory dances have begun, another Na’vi drummer takes over and plays more rhythmic patterns as accompaniment.

This drum also announces deaths, except in times of battle. Death announcements consist of three complete cycles of very slow steady strikes, once on each drum.