Hand Drums

We make our Native American hand drums old school, with steamed white ash frames which we make from scratch. They are almost round (98%), and made with wild deer, moose and buffalo hides.  These are very close to what a drum would look like from 500 years ago.  Each year during hunting season we gather hides from deer and moose hunters are eating, but don’t know what to do with the hide. (these animals are not the result of sport hunting) Generally throughout North America many wild hides are thrown in the garbage.  We have developed a network of butchers who put the hides aside for us. We gather them, apply salt to preserve them and then at the end of the season ship them all to a Canadian tannery who processes half into raw hide for our drums and the other half into leather (please visit our Leather page).

Most of our drums are available in a natural tan colour or dyed either walnut or a range of colours upon request. EVERY DRUM INCLUDES A DRUM STICK!!

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  • Custom Image – Dyed Hand Drums

    55$ Canadian275$ Canadian

    We use dye on our drums not paint because paint increases the likelihood that a drum skin will crack. Hides are constantly moving with humidity changes but paint doesn’t like to move…and there is the problem. Dye works like a tattoo and naturally moves with the movement of the skin. But it is kinda tricky to dye specific images onto hide. Hides have to soak in the dye for 24 hours and getting a feather or an animal image is interesting… but our techniques have evolved…as long as the image isn’t TOO detailed we will be able to apply your image to a hide.

    So…. Once you complete your purchase please email us the image or an approximate image to [email protected]. I will confirm with you when I see the image. If you are not sure, but you want a bear, or a feather or an eagle….let me know and I will contact you with a few image ideas for you to approve.  Delivery for a custom drum is about a week.

  • Hand Drum Kits

    35$ Canadian150$ Canadian

    Introducing our new 8″ and 11″ Kids drum kits.
    (we recommend 8″ kits ages 0-5, 11″ kits for ages 5-12)

    For years we have been providing the most amazing adult sized 12″ and 14″ drum kits and now by popular demand we have geared up and are now offering a new line of Kids drum kits. Like our adult drums, each kit includes a hand steamed white ash hoop, a deer hide with holes punched large enough to wrap all the way over to the back of the frame. Lacing long enough to tie up the drum and weave a handle, a drum stick kit AND instructions to help anyone, even a complete beginner pull an amazing drum.

    12″ , 14″ and 16″ Hand Drum Kits

    Our kits include an amazing instruction manual, a rawhide circle (large enough to wrap all the way over to the back of the drum) with holes punched, lacing long enough to pull the drum and weave a handle, one of our steamed white ash hoops, and a drum stick kit…which includes a moose leather head (to be sewn with the included glovers needle and sinew), sheep’s wool, maple stick and sinew/needle to tie it on. We are very used to dealing with small or huge orders.

  • Black Bear Drums

    60$ Canadian400$ Canadian
    The 16” has a huge bass tone that is so sweet. Very mellow yet formidable.  Our 14” is a little tighter in tone but still rich.  Both the 14” and 12” have been very successful in sweat lodge. (we do not recommend our 16″ for lodge) Our 8” is for sure higher in tone but still quite sweet and carries the medicine of the bear.  All of these drums are quite well greased and will not need applications of bear grease.  All hand drums will include a drum stick!  We will only have these drums for a short period of time…enjoy!! 
    (Please choose the size to display price of drum)
  • Buffalo Hand Drums

    225$ Canadian400$ Canadian

    Buffalo Hand Drums.  One of the most important tools in the Native tradition is the Buffalo Rawhide Hand Drum.  They have a huge base tone and are great for resisting humidity issues.

  • 8″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural/Dyed

    40$ Canadian

    We designed these drums for the littlest drummer, girl or boy.  Perfect for infant up to 8 years.  Steamed White ash hoop with deer hide.  Includes a drum stick.

  • 11″ Children’s Hand Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    75$ Canadian

    These are not exclusively for children, quite perfect for the budget-minded!  11″ x 2 1/4″ … Includes a drum stick, click picture for more info.  Available in natural hide or dyed. (Please choose style – Natural or Dyed)

  • 14″ Deer Hand Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    130$ Canadian

    14″ x 2 1/4″ Deer Drums are great for young singers, smaller adults or easy transport.  Drum stick included… Click on picture for more info.  Available in Natural or Dyed Hide (Please choose style below)

  • 12″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    160$ Canadian
    This drum was designed by an Elder who really preferred a light weight, small, tight toned drum while leading her lodge.  The resonance is very clean, sharp and resonates wonderfully in the lodge and will withstand 4 rounds of high humidity.

     

  • 14″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    190$ Canadian

    14″ x 3″ white ash frame with moose hide, small moose drum designed for sweat lodge.  Available in Natural or Dyed… Please choose the style below…Click on pic for more info.

     

  • 14″ Double Sided Hand Drums

    325$ Canadian400$ Canadian

    Moose or Buffalo 14″ Double Sided Hand Drums. These drums were designed for the Sweat Lodge….but live happily in any humidity situation. They have a very tight, clean resonance. Very popular with Smoke Dance singers. Great medicine Drum with a little something special inside.

    NOTE: If purchasing a leather drum bag for this drum, please select 16/17″ sized bag.

  • 15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    225$ Canadian

    We designed these drums specifically for the sweatlodge. They are virtually guaranteed not to go flat, even through four rounds in very high humidity! We make them small so they fit easily in tight, crowded spaces. Available in Natural or Dyed hide.  Our standard dyed drums are brown walnut but if you would like a different colour please write a note in the comment box during check out, or send me an email [email protected]  Includes a drum stick… Thanks, Joywind & Rob

  • 16″ Deer Hand Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    175$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ Deer Hide Hand Drum, Includes Drum Stick.  Click on pic for more info.  Available in Natural or Dyed hide.  Please choose style below.   Thanks!

  • 16” Cherry Mitered Frame – Elk Hand Drum

    185$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ solid Cherry (mitered – 16 sided) Elk Hide (Selecting thicker hide between the shoulders). Drum stick included.  Click pic for more info.

  • 17″ Moose Hand Drum (Natural/Dyed)

    250$ Canadian

    17″ x 3″ white ash frame with moose hide.  Very powerful drums!! Our standard dyed drums are walnut but if you would like a different colour please write a note in the comment box during check out, or send me an email to [email protected]  Includes Drum Stick!   Click on pic for more info.  Available in Natural or Dyed, please choose your style below.

  • Leather drum ‘blankie’

    25$ Canadian

    The very best way to care for your drum long term is 1) bear grease treatment twice a year AND 2) keep your drum covered in leather all the time!!  We make beautiful moose leather drum bags but they can be outside the budget sometimes. So for a budget solution our split leather is perfect.  We select 6 to 7 sq ft pieces and this is plenty to wrap your drum with.  It can then live inside a canvas or plastic bag…..but the leather will protect your drum. 

  • Bear Hide Rattles/Shakers (Lollipop)

    85$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit Black Bear Shakers are made with steamed White Ash wood body/shell covered with Bear Rawhide, maple handle with bear fur. These shakers have very strong tones with lots of variety.  For a strong sound, shaking the beads across the rattle striking the ash inside the tone is quite loud and dramatic.  Shaking the other direction hide to hide it is much softer and subtle, while holding the shaker flat and rolling the beads around the surface of the rattle creates a wave/ocean effect.  These shakers will be just amazing in the sweatlodge.
  • Moose Hide Rattles

    80$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit Moose Hide Rattles are made with a maple handle and a moose hide rattle head in either natural or dyed.  This is the first time making this style of rattle and we are very excited with the results.  These shakers will be just amazing in the sweat lodge.  We used only the thickest of moose hide and they won’t go flat/soft.
  • Hand Held Shakers

    25$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit – Deer Hide Hand Rattles/Shakers are made with a cherry wood frame and wrapped with deer rawhide.  Click photo for more info
  • Rattle Kits (Moose or Deer)

    30$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    Rattle Kits!! Brand New by Tribal Spirit.  Everything is included, so that a great time is had by all. We are offering a Deer or Moose Rattle Kit. Each kit comes with a carefully selected piece of rawhide (shape traced out to be cut), glovers needles, sinew, maple wood handle and wool to stuff and shape the rattle.

    (Finished rattle not included – lol)

  • Moose Hide Baby Rattles

    50$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit Moose Hide Baby Rattles are made with a maple handle and a Moose hide rattle head. The heads are double sewn, so nothing will fall out!  This is the first time making this style of rattle and we are very excited with the results.   Available in natural hide only.
  • Deer Hide Rattles

    50$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit Deer Hide Rattles are made with a maple handle and a Deer hide rattle head.  Not designed for sweat lodge but perfect for accompanying drums in a circle.   Available in natural hide only.
  • Bear Hide Rattles

    65$ Canadian
    Tribal Spirit Bear Hide Rattles are made with a maple handle and a Bear rawhide rattle head.  The heads are double sewn, so nothing will fall out!  This is the first time making this style of rattle and we are very excited with the results.   Available in natural hide only.
  • Bear grease

    20$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    Bear Grease is a traditional native american medicine. Black Bears have an unusual amount of fat on their bodies because they spend summers building up energy for hibernation. Over the winter Bears survive on this energy through their fat build up. Our Bear Grease is 100% pure Bear Grease.  It contains no preservatives or any other additives and must be stored in a fridge or freezer.  Jars are 125 ml. (4.2 liquid oz) or 314ml (10.6 US fluid oz)   

  • Gift Cards

    25$ Canadian200$ Canadian
    These Gift Cards can be purchase here online, and we will ship them to either you or the person you are offering it to. (during check out you can add that shipping address if you wish)  The recipient can browse our web site and either call in, email, or Facebook message us to redeem the value of the card.  (this will be explained in a note sent along with the card)