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Powwow Drums

Making powwow drums is a great honour and a serious responsibility.  The drum is sacred, and when the voices of our ancestors are brought back to us through the drum we thank the singers who are healing our people and Mother Earth.  We build our drums using 1 1/4” thick sectioned solid eastern white cedar.  Our cedar frames are very strong and guaranteed for life. Generally, we work with moose or steer hide as it is very thick and maintains its sound well no matter the level of humidity.  All of our drums have a big sound.

We do not like tinny sharp tones, so we use the thickest hides to give a rich, strong hearty bass. We offer the hide in a natural tan colour, walnut dyed or other colours upon request (no extra charge), with painted frames of various colours or simple natural wood. Our drums come in a wide range of sizes to meet the needs of our customers. If you aren’t sure which drum you want, try cutting out a cardboard circle to help imagine the sizing.

The Powwow Drums in these pictures are just ideas/examples of the drums you can order. We enjoy building custom drums (no extra charge btw). You can choose natural hide or dyed (any colour) and also the design of colour on cedar wood frame. We always have a bunch of Drums of each size in stock BUT a custom order takes about 2 weeks for us to make. We have a lots of drum frames in stock so when we receive an order all we have to do is soak the hide, colour the frame and pull your drum. When processing your check out please let me know in the comment section what you would like your drum to look like. OR feel free to send me a personal email and we can talk about it: [email protected]. Please check out our Facebook page for TONS of drum colour ideas https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

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 guaranteed 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 grease will keep your drum flexible and both resist changes in humidity and prevent against cracking.  Hides will dry out over time (just like our skin would) but bear grease is a traditional moisturizer that has been used for ages. The ideal place to store your drum is wrapped up in a blanket with a piece of leather covering the surface of each side of the drum (please visit our leather page) Traditionally drums are put away and allowed to rest between times when we need them. IF you insist on displaying your drum, place it in an area of the house which has little direct heat. (direct sunlight, radiator, fire place etc all bad) AND USE BEAR GREASE twice a year!!  : )

Feel free to contact us if you have other questions about the care of your drum.

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  • 20″ Powwow Drum

    327$ US

    This Drum was designed for kids.  (but sure does travel well when 5 guys need to fly into a gig)  Measuring 14″ deep this drum is light but still gives a great boom!!!  Available in natural or dyed hide and any design of wood frame.  Please check out our Facebook page for TONS of drum colour ideas.  https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 22″ Powwow Drum

    385$ US

    22″ x 17″ Sits 6 singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and any custom design. Click drum for more info.

  • 24″ Powwow Drum

    462$ US

    24″ x 17″ Sits 8 singers, solid cedar barrel design, available natural or dyed.  Includes stand and any custom design.

  • 24″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum

    501$ US

    Tribal Spirit exclusive. Solid Cedar raised edge 24″ x 18″ Drum. Includes Block Style Stand, available natural hide or dyed and any custom design of frame. Click drum for more info.  Please visit our Facebook page for more ideas:  https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 26″ Powwow Drum

    578$ US

    26″ x 17″ Sits 8 singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and any custom design.  Click drum for more info.

  • 26″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum

    616$ US

    Tribal Spirit exclusive. Solid Cedar raised edge 26″ x 18″ Drum. Includes Block Style Stand, available with natural hide or dyed and any custom design of the frame. Click drum for more info. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 28″ Powwow Drum

    655$ US

    28″ x 17″ Sits 10 to 12 singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and any custom design.  Click on drum for more info.

  • 28″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum

    693$ US

    Tribal Spirit exclusive.  Solid Cedar raised edge 28″ x 18″ Drum.  Includes Block Style Stand, available natural hide or dyed and any custom design of frame.  https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 30″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum

    770$ US

    Tribal Spirit exclusive.  Solid Cedar raised edge 30″ x 18″ Drum.  Includes Block Style Stand, available natural hide or dyed and any custom design of frame.  https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 30″ Powwow Drum

    732$ US

    30″ x 17″ Sits 12+ singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and any custom design.  Please click on drum for more info and other style ideas.

  • 32″ Powwow Drum

    886$ US

    Our 32″ x 17″ Drum includes a stand and any custom design, delivery in 2 to 3 weeks.

  • 36″ Powwow Drum

    1,540$ US

    Our 36″ x 17″ Drum includes a stand, natural or dyed hide and any custom design for the frame, delivery 2 to 3 weeks. 

  • 40″ Powwow Drum

    1,925$ US

    Our 40″ x 17″ Drum includes a stand and any custom design.  This is a huge drum!! Amazing tone totally impressive.  If you need something special for a special situation or event the drum will impress.

  • 22″ Powwow Drum Stick

    31$ US

    Our Powwow Drumsticks are 22″ long, with leather wrapped heads and handles.  If you have custom taping colours, please mention it during checkout in the notes section.  Thanks!

  • 22″ Powwow Drum Stick (6 pack)

    162$ US

    Our Powwow Drumsticks are 22″ long, with leather wrapped heads and handles.  If you have custom taping colours, please mention it during checkout in the notes section. These images are examples of what we can make.  Thanks!

  • 22″ Powwow Drum Stick (12 pack)

    323$ US

    Our Powwow Drumsticks are 22″ long, with leather wrapped heads and handles.  If you have custom taping colours, please mention it during checkout in the notes section. These images are examples of what we can make.  Thanks!

  • Powwow Drum Stick Bag

    116$ US

    Introducing our brand new design to carry your drum sticks. Moose Leather (5 1/2 ounce full weight). Our Bag is designed to hold at least 15 sticks up to 24″ long and has a strap on the back of the bag so you can sling it over your shoulder. Generally this is availabe in Gold/Tan, Black and Cork, but this changes with the availability of our Moose Leather. When you are checking out please leave us a not describing your prefered design and we will get back to you to confirm, or shoot us an email [email protected]

  • 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)