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 anaimal are not the result of sport hunting) Generally throughout north america 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!!

Care of your drum!!! KEEP YOUR DRUM AWAY FROM THE FIRE OR OTHER HEAT SOURCES!! Our drums do NOT need to be heated up in order to play them….our drums are guarenteed if you find that your drum is flat all the time, call us and we will replace your drum. You do not need to heat up our drums before playing them. The best way to protect your drum is to apply bear grease twice a year. Applying bear great will keep your drum flexible and both resist humidity challenges and prevent against cracking. Hide will dry out over time (just like our skin would) but bear grease is a traditional moisturiser that has been used for ages. The idea place to store your drum is in one of our leather bags OR simply wrapped up in a piece of leather…Although I know it is temping to hang your drum on the wall, traditionally drums are put away and allowed to rest between times when we need them. IF you insist on the wall, hang your drum in an area of the house which has little direct heat. (direct sunlight, radiator, fire place etc all bad) AND BEAR GREASE!!! (available at the bottom of this page) twice a year!! Feel free to contact us if you have other questions about the care of your drum.

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  • buffalo drums

    17″ Buffalo Hand Drum Dyed

    250$ Canadian

    17″ Buffalo Hand Drum Dyed

    Buffalo Drum are similar to the healing properties of the moose. I have been told that in ancient times the moose and buffalo were the same animal. Buffalo Drums have a tone which is very intense and moving. The song is full of bass and has many tonalities. Buffalo is very important to the community and are used often in ceremony. 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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather

    SKU: 17BHDD Category:
    250$ Canadian
  • Moose Hand drums

    17″ Moose Hand Drum Dyed

    250$ Canadian

    17″ Moose Hand Drum Dyed

    These drums are energetically and vibrationally significant, and have been used by healers. Historically, they are ceremonial. Medicine people of yesterday and today work with large moose hand drums. They are heavier, and give a big loud bass resonance. They are too big for a sweatlodge, but they are so resistant to humidity that they will last way into the night at a Powwow hand drum competition.  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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/

    SKU: MDD17 Category:
    250$ Canadian
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    17″ Moose Hand Drum Natural

    240$ Canadian

    17″ Moose Hand Drum Natural

    These drums are energetically and vibrationally significant, and have been used by healers. Historically, they are ceremonial. Medicine people of yesterday and today work with large moose hand drums. They are heavier, and give a big loud bass resonance. They are too big for a sweatlodge, but they are so resistant to humidity that they will last way into the night at a Powwow hand drum competition.

    SKU: 17MHDN Category:
    240$ Canadian
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    17″ Buffalo Hand Drum Natural

    240$ Canadian

    17″ Buffalo Hand Drum Natural

    Buffalo Drum are similar to the healing properties of the moose. I have been told that in ancient times the moose and buffalo were the same animal. Buffalo Drums have a tone which is very intense and moving. The song is full of bass and has many tonalities. Buffalo is very important to the community and are used often in ceremony. We offer these buffalo drums only in natural and they are about 16-17” in diameter.

    SKU: BHDN17 Category:
    240$ Canadian
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    15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Dyed

    225$ Canadian

    15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Dyed

    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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/

    SKU: MSLHDD15 Category:
    225$ Canadian
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    15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Natural

    215$ Canadian

    15″ Moose Sweat Lodge Drum Natural

    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

    SKU: MSLHDN15 Category:
    215$ Canadian
  • 16" hand drums

    16″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    150$ Canadian

    16″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    These drums are ideal for round dance, drum circles and performances. However, because of their larger size, they are not their best in high humidity situations and are sure to go flat in a sweatlodge. But are our most popular drum as the sound is big and open….great scratching for round dance!!  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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/

    SKU: DHDD16 Category:
    150$ Canadian
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    16″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    140$ Canadian

    16″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    These drums are ideal for round dance, drum circles and performances. However, because of their larger size, they are not their best in high humidity situations and are sure to go flat in a sweatlodge. But are our most popular drum as the sound is big and open….great scratching for round dance!!

    SKU: DHDN16 Category:
    140$ Canadian
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    14″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    125$ Canadian

    14″ Deer Hand Drum Dyed

    These are our economy drums. Great for younger singers, traveling and tight budget situations. They are also small enough that they are “less” likely to go flat in the high humidity of a sweatlodge. (although check our 15″ moose for the perfect sweat lodge drum).  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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/

    SKU: DHDD14 Category:
    125$ Canadian
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    14″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    120$ Canadian

    14″ Deer Hand Drum Natural

    These are our economy drums. Great for younger singers, traveling and tight budget situations. They are also small enough that they are less likely to go flat in the high humidity of a sweatlodge.

    SKU: DHDN14 Category:
    120$ Canadian
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    14″ Double Sided Hand Drums

    350$ Canadian

    14″ Double Sided Hand Drums

    These drums are 14’ wide x 5” deep. We are making them out of buffalo and moose hide. Includes a drum stick. These drums have a beep base with a cool echo reverb. When hitting the drum one one side the other side sounds as well, creating a very interesting tone. These drums are medicine drums that are popular for sweat lodges but also used as healing drums.

    SKU: DSHD14 Category:
    350$ Canadian
  • 11" hand drums

    11″ Children’s Hand Drum Dyed

    75$ Canadian

    11″ Children’s Hand Drum Dyed

    These are not exclusively for children, quite perfect for the budget-minded!  Our standard Dyed Hand Drum is in walnut brown.  If you would prefer any of the other colours you see in pictures around our site please note this in the comment box as you check out…..Thanks  https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather

    SKU: HDD11 Category:
    75$ Canadian
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    8″ Children’s Hand Drum Dyed

    40$ Canadian

    8″ Children’s Hand Drum Dyed

    These are not exclusively for children, quite perfect for the budget-minded!

    SKU: HDD08 Category:
    40$ Canadian
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    11″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

    70$ Canadian

    11″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

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

    SKU: HDN11 Category:
    70$ Canadian
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    8″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

    40$ Canadian

    8″ Children’s Hand Drum Natural

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

    SKU: HDN08 Category:
    40$ Canadian
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    moose split drum ‘blankie’

    25$ Canadian

    moose split drum ‘blankie’

    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.  

    SKU: MSLB Categories: , ,
    25$ Canadian
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    Hand Drum Kits for Workshops

    85$ Canadian

    Hand Drum Kits for Workshops

    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. our 12″ kit is $85 and our 14″ kit is $110. We are very used to dealing with small or huge orders. Got question?  12″ is 85$ / 14″ is 110$

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    85$ Canadian
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    Bear grease

    20$ Canadian

    Bear grease

    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. 

    20$ Canadian