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: email@example.com. Please check out our Facebook page for TONS of drum colour ideas https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather
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)
Making powwow drums is a great honour and a serious responsibility.
We build our drums using 1 1/4” thick sectioned solid eastern white cedar. Our cedar frames are very strong and guaranteed for life. We enjoy building custom drums (no extra charge btw).
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.
20″ Powwow Drum425$ Canadian
20″ Powwow Drum
This Drum was designed for kids. (but sure does travel well when 5 guys need to fly into a gig) Measuring only 12″ 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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather425$ Canadian
22″ Powwow Drum500$ Canadian
22″ Powwow Drum
Perfect for gatherings or celebrations. It is easily portable, but still gives a strong and powerful sound. Often requested by youth groups that are learning, and are not yet ready for a big drum. 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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/500$ Canadian
24″ Powwow Drum600$ Canadian
24″ Powwow Drum
This drum is designed for a “storage challenged” situation. It will seat up to 8 singers with elbow room. Often chosen by youth groups but can also be packed up and flown to a gig as a back up drum for a big crew. Available in any custom design/colour for either hide or frame. Please check our Facebook page for lots of drum design ideas. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/600$ Canadian
24″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum650$ Canadian
24″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum
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Please check our Facebook page for lots of drum design ideas. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/650$ Canadian
26″ Powwow Drum700$ Canadian
26″ Powwow Drum
Now we are getting into our medium sized drums. Once the boys start heading into the teen years or the group gets up to 8 guys, then this 26” is perfect. It is a very flexible drum because it is still not huge but offers heavier tones than the smaller drums. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/700$ Canadian
26″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum750$ Canadian
26″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum
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Please check our Facebook page for lots of drum design ideas. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/750$ Canadian
28″ Powwow Drum800$ Canadian
28″ Powwow Drum
This is our most popular drum. It will sit up to 10 singers, 12 in a pinch, and gives all the sound needed. We pull this one with northern contemporary singing in mind. The tone is quick and booming, and will keep up with the fastest fancy dance song. 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/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/800$ Canadian
28″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum850$ Canadian
28″ Raised Edge Powwow Drum
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Please check out our Facebook page for TONS of drum colour ideas. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/850$ Canadian
30″ Powwow Drum900$ Canadian
30″ Powwow Drum
With this drum you are getting more elbow room, and it is more comfortable if the guys are on the bigger side. Pulled for northern traditional or southern, this drum has a bit more boom or echo than our smaller drums. Honour beats will stand out and ring. Available in natural or dyed hide. Please visit our Facebook page for lots of drum ideas. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/900$ Canadian
32″ Powwow Drum1,100$ Canadian
32″ Powwow Drum
Our largest drum is perfect for a big crowd. As far as tone is concerned, this is our southern or gourd dance drum. Big sound, loud, with lots of reverb. Our big drum is also popular with tribal groups or communities who need a big drum for special events where there will be lots of singers no matter the singing style. It doesn’t fit into small cars but there is always room in a van or truck. Available in natural or dyed hide. Please visit our Facebook page for lots of drum ideas. https://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritdrumsNleather/1,100$ Canadian
Bear grease20$ 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.20$ Canadian