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 use the thickest hides to give 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: info@tribalspiritmusic.com. 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 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 wrapped up in a blanket with a piece of leather covering the surface of each side of the drum (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, in an area of the house which has little direct heat. (direct sunlight, radiator, fire place etc all bad) AND BEAR GREASE!!! twice a year!! Feel free to contact us if you have other questions about the care of your drum. Bear Grease!!!! (available at the bottom of this page)

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  • 20″ Powwow Drum

    425$ Canadian

    Our 20″ x 12″ Drum was designed for kids but sure is a great traveling drum if flying. Click drum for more info.

  • 22″ Powwow Drum

    500$ Canadian

    22″ x 17″ Sits 6 singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and andy custom design. click drum for more info. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 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. click drum for more info.

  • 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. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic

  • 26″ Powwow Drum

    700$ Canadian

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

  • 26″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum

    750$ 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

    800$ Canadian

    28″ x 17″ Sits 6 singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and andy custom design. click drum for more info.

  • 28″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum

    850$ 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

    900$ Canadian

    30″ x 17″ Sits 12+ singers, solid cedar barrel design, includes stand and andy custom design. click drum for more info.

  • 32″ Powwow Drum

    1,100$ Canadian

    32″ x 17″ includes stand and any custom design, delivery 2/3 weeks. 

  • 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….