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

    425$ Canadian

    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

    500$ Canadian

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

  • 24″ Powwow Drum

    600$ Canadian

    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

    650$ Canadian

    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

    750$ Canadian

    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

    800$ Canadian

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

  • 28″ Powwow Drum

    850$ Canadian

    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

    900$ Canadian

    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″ Powwow Drum

    950$ Canadian

    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

    1,150$ Canadian

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

  • 36″ Powwow Drum

    2,000$ Canadian

    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

    2,500$ Canadian

    Our 40″ x 17″ Drum includes a stand and any custom design, delivery 2 to 3 weeks. 

  • Bear grease

    20$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    **  Shipment within Canada ONLY.   Non Canadian customers please do not purchase, or we will need to refund.

    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)   

  • Dog Rawhide Chews

    9$ Canadian16$ 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 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

    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)