Hand Drums

The Native American drums we are offering here are made with steamed white ash frames. They are almost round (because we hand steam them), and made with wild deer, moose and buffalo hides.

Each year during hunting season we gather hides from deer and moose that 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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  • 17″ Moose Hand Drum Dyed

    250$ Canadian

    17″ x 3″ white ash frame with moose hide.  Very powerful drums!! Include Drum Stick.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 17″ Moose Hand Drum Natural

    240$ Canadian

    17″ x 3″ White ash hoop with moose hide.  Our most powerful hand drum.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum 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. 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 info@tribalspiritmusic.com  Thanks Joywind & Rob  https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic/

  • 15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Natural

    215$ 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. Please specify when you check out in comments section, dyed or natural. thanks

  • 14″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Dyed

    190$ Canadian

    14″ x 3″ white ash frame with moose hide, small moose drum designed for sweat lodge.  Click on pic for more info.

     

  • 14″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Natural

    180$ Canadian

    14″ white ash hoop with moose hide.  Perfect small Sweat Lodge drum.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 16” Cherry Mittered Elk/Wapiti Hand Drums

    175$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ solid Cherry (metered 16 sided) Elk Hide. Click pic for more info.

  • 16″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    150$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ Deer Hide Hand Drum, Includes Drum Stick.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 16″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    140$ Canadian

    16″ x 3″ White Ash frame with wild deer hide.  Click pic for more info.

  • 14″ Double Sided Hand Drums

    325$ Canadian

    These drums are 14’ wide x 5” deep. We are making them out of buffalo and moose hide. Includes a drum stick. Click drum for more info.

  • 14″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    125$ Canadian

    14″ x 2 1/2″ Deer Drums are great for young singers, smaller adults or easy transport.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 14″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    120$ Canadian

    14″ x 2 1/4″ white ash hoops, deer hide with deer lacing.  Includes Drum Stick.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 11″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

    70$ Canadian

    These are not exclusively for children, but may be perfect also for the budget-minded!

  • 11″ Children’s Hand Drum Dyed

    75$ Canadian

    These are not exclusively for children, quite perfect for the budget-minded!  11″ x 2 1/4″ incl. drum stick click pic for more info.  

  • 8″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

    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.

  • 8″ Children’s Hand Drum 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.

  • moose split 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 Moose 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.  

    A natural hide drum is always moving with humidity changes. During high humidity a drum skin absorbes moisture from the air and the skin expands.  The tone goes down and if really humid a drum can go flat.  When really dry the opposite happens and the skin shrinks and the tones gets higher.  A drum wrapped in leather is protected from these two extremes.  Over the years we have learned that when we are at a powwow and end up in a weather extreme, if we want to properly show/play our drums we put a bunch in drum bags or wrapped in leather.  Even if it has been cold and rainy for 2 days when we pull a drum out of it’s leather protector the tone is perfect and strong.  

  • 12″ Hand Drum Kits for Workshops

    85$ Canadian

    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.  Click on pic for more info.

  • 14″ Hand Drum Kits for Workshops

    110$ Canadian

    Hand Drum Kits: Thinking about a drum making workshop but not sure who can lead it? Let us help. 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. Got question?

  • Bear grease

    20$ 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. For hunters who are eating the meat, the fat is not generally used. We have asked our network of butchers to carefully harvest and put aside Bear fat for us. 

  • Dog Rawhide Chews

    12$ Canadian

    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 out house rush in the door past legs and our dogs to grab a dog chew from our 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….