Drum Circle Suite
Families of powwow dancers lit by the Northern Lights move to the rhythmic beat of the thunder drums.
(#608 – King Room)
ARTIST: Jerry Whitehead
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Portico Design Group
ROOM SIZE: 231 ft2
The Drum Circle Suite Story
Watching powwow dancers move to the rhythmic beat of drums is one of artist Jerry Whitehead’s strongest childhood memories. The drums are meant to replicate thunder, the sound of which moves people to come together and dance. Inspired by these two elements, the Drum Circle Suite frames Whitehead’s distinct paintings of powwow dancers within circular canvases to resemble the tops of drums. Painted in bright greens and blues, the colouration of the dancers symbolizes the Northern Lights, which are commonly seen above the prairies where Whitehead grew up.
For the Aboriginal cultures of the prairies, the Northern Lights are believed to be their ancestors dancing in the sky. To illustrate this Whitehead has painted a parade of dancers encircling the suite. They dance high upon the walls as they would in the night sky and move in a clockwise rotation around the drum circle that leads their dance. The drum top canvases also symbolize the full moon, under whose watchful gaze the powwow is performed. This layered imagery in the Drum Circle Suite conveys the enchanting experience of beholding this traditional ceremony beneath the glow of a moonlit night, streaked in the colours of the Northern Lights. In this suite, the Portico Design team was initially inspired by the West Coast rainforest.
With its abundance of ferns, moss, lichen and evergreen trees, a spring green palette was the best fit. These colours were incidentally the perfect complement for Jerry Whitehead’s artwork and thus the Drum Circle Suite pays tribute to two Canadian landscapes through its coloration and imagery: the West Coast and the Prairies. Pops of green on an accent wall, tiled backsplash, lamp, wall covering and bedding accessories successfully harmonize the interior design with Whitehead’s painted images. The room aims to relax and refresh guests by embodying the invigorating brightness of a blooming forest awakened from its winter slumber by spring rains.
DRUM CIRCLE SUITE FEATURES
Opulent King Size Bed by Hypnos
43″ Plasma HD TV
Free High-Speed WiFi
Spacious Writing Desk
Fridge & Microwave
Hi-Def Cable With Dozens of Channels
Plush Linens, Hypo-Allergenic Duvets and Fluffy Pillows
Cordless Telephone With Voicemail
Free Long-Distance Calling Anywhere in North America
Ensuite Bathroom With Walk-In Shower
All Natural Bath Amenities by Mother Earth Essentials
Keurig Coffee Maker With 100% Compostable Pods From Spirit Bear Coffee Co.
Tea Kettle With a Selection of Paisley Teas
Daily Housekeeping Service
Iron With Full-Size Ironing Board