Shaman drum, shaman rattle, shamanic singing and shamanic dance are some of the remedies that the shamans, accompanied by power animals, spirit helpers, and spiritual guides, use in their spiritual and healing work.
The term "shaman" originates in Siberia where it describes a person who possesses the ability to perform soul journeys, and thereby serve as a mediator between the tribe and the spirit world.
In the animistic society everything was considered having life and embody a soul. A general trait which can be detected in native societies throughout the world is the concept of and alter reality divided into three worlds: The Lowerworld, where the shaman sought power, power objects, and power animals. The Middleworld which was where humans lived, - perceived through a shamanic state of mind. The Upperworld where the shaman could seek wisdom and visions concerning past, presence, and future.
Some of the more well known ones are the American natives where the Medicine Man was the keeper of the balance between the people and the spirit world, or the Eskimo cultures angákoq, necromancer who, with his drumming and singing could work himself to a state of ecstasy enabling him to perform spirit journeys, - The Saami people and their noaide who with his runebom performed drum journeys, and the Nordic people where the volvas with her seidr gazed into the unknown.
The use of for example shaman drum or rattle is a way for us to alter our state of mind and thereby approach power animals and spirit helpers. In shamanic practice today, here including shaman traveling, shamanic healing, ceremonies, and rituals the importance of these shamanic tools have been revived, in the effort to obtain better contact with our self, with our spirit guides and with nature around us.