I am eager to finish my Alutiiq drum! All of the components are complete: rim, painted ochre red, the handle - a fine sturdy section of elk antler - awaits to be attached; the drumskin is a sea-mammal stomach, and has been stretched and dried. My excitement at putting all of the components together and hearing the voice of my drum are making me impatient. "All in good time," the Mother reminds me. "In good time. Her voice will wait."