The belief that the drum is an animal used by the shaman for travel is widespread among almost all the peoples of Siberia. The Nenets consider the drum to be a shaman's deer, carrying him to the upper world. For the Ket people, the handle of the drum is seen as the spine of a deer; vertical iron suspensions, located seven on each side of the handle, are seen as ribs; resonators on the frame are perceived as hooves; individual suspensions symbolize the movement and breathing of a deer.
During the ritual, the drum can be not only a shaman's animal for transportation, but also any means of movement: if the shaman has to sail across a river during the action, the drum represents a boat, and the drumstick is seen as a paddle; accordingly, its individual parts are also interpreted: the drumhead is seen as the "bottom" of the boat, while the frame is seen as its "sides".
Since the shaman's journey to the spirits is dangerous and he often has to deal with hostile beings and engage in battles, the drum is also considered a shaman's combat equipment: a bow, armor, and shield. Many metal parts and suspensions are interpreted as swords, arrows, or sabers.