The Ji’kmaqn is referred to as a chanting stick, and has been used by the Mi’kmaq for many generations.
The Ji'kmaqn is made from the ash tree. It is believed to be a connector to the spirit world and can serve as a musical instrument when playing and singing traditional songs. Along with chanting and singing, the beat of the Ji’kmaqn is played by slapping it into the palm of the hand and is commonly played during the Ko’jua dance, a traditional Mi’kmaq dance. It is played along with hand drums and rattles to create beautiful sounds during celebrations.