Tribal Spirit Black Bear Shakers are made with steamed White Ash wood body/shell covered with Bear Rawhide, maple handle with bear fur. This past spring we gathered 50ish bear hides from hunters who were hunting legally and ate the meat. The hides would have ended up in the garbage. From these hides we are offering a limited number of bear drums and shakers. (check our hand drum page) These shakers have a very strong tones with lots of variety.
For a strong sound, shaking the beads across the rattle striking the ash inside the tone is quite loud and dramatic. Shaking the other direction hide to hide it is much softer and subtle, while holding the shaker flat and rolling the beads around the surface of the rattle creates a wave/ocean effect. This is the first time making this style and we are very excited with the results. These shakers will be just amazing in the sweatlodge. We used only the thickest of bear hide and they won’t go flat.
These Shakers can even be hit like a drum stick creating a fairly high tone. The only problem with our new design…..is that they are limited by the numbers of bear we get. Once we are out of hides….we will be out of Bear Shakers.