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

    42$ US212$ US

    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

    27$ US116$ US

    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.

  • Buffalo Hand Drums

    173$ US308$ US

    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

    31$ US

    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)

    58$ US

    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)

    100$ US

    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)

    123$ US
    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)

    146$ US

    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

    250$ US308$ US

    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.

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

    173$ US

    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)

    135$ US

    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

    142$ US

    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)

    193$ US

    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’

    19$ US

    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 grease

    15$ US35$ US

    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)   

  • Bear Hide Rattles/Shakers (Lollipop)

    65$ US
    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

    62$ US
    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

    19$ US
    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)

    23$ US35$ US

    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

    31$ US
    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

    39$ US
    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

    50$ US
    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.
  • Dog Rawhide Chews

    7$ US12$ US

    This product comes strongly recommended by every dog in the neighbourhood!! We have been making drums for over 20 years and very quickly started taking the scraps rolling them up, letting them dry and giving them to our dogs. There are no preservatives, colouring, flavour added….just pure Rawhide.  Dogs visiting our house rush in the door past our legs to grab a dog chew from the basket…..so one of our dogs suggested during a family business meeting that we add them to our web site.  Who were we to say no…so nice of him to share….

  • Gift Cards

    19$ US154$ US
    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)