Since we have partially retired, all powwow drums are custom orders. We typically do not keep any in stock. It takes about 2-3 weeks to build your powwow drum. We typically have a waiting list. Call today to order:
Our Elevated Powwow Drum Swing Stand allows sound to come from all around the drum. We make our FREE stand collapsable for easy transport. All Little Badger powwow drums are 14" deep.
Keith Little Bagder built his largest powwow drum to date. The drum measures 44" in diameter and is 16" deep. Made of Aspen, this powwow drum sits in a "log leg" drum stand. The Drum People donated this drum to the Cherokee Tribe of Notheast Alabama for the service work that this tribe conducts in Alabama. Members of the tribe actively care for Native American elders, represent Native Americans in Veterans' parades and host several powwows a year.
Keith Little Badger built an even BIGGER drum: 50" diameter by 16" deep!!! Almost record size.
Since 2000, when The Drum People formally became a "company" (if you can call two people, Keith and Cheryl, a company), Keith Little Badger builds all of his pow-wow drums from recycled cedar. No trees die. Why kill a new tree when you can use recycled lumber?
Keith does not use old band drum hulls or laminated plywood. He builds vertical stave powwow drums. Each drum comes to life in a good way, without damage to Mother Earth. Each cedar powwow drum is a work of art that can be passed down for generations. The red of the cedar stands for the blood of the people.
Rich Gold Color
Top Grain Bull Hides
We head all of our powwow drums with top grain 5mm thick bull hides. Bulls are male cows used for breeding so they grow extermely large. We do not use "Bleached" or "Split" hides as these are weaker and more susceptible to climate changes. The Bull Hides are "rendered" hides, meaning the animal died on the hoof. It was not slaughtered. Many professional Native American powwow teams playing Little Badger drums requested the toughest hides for durability in competition.
Our tannery rawhidesorganically.They do not use any poisonous chemicals or bleach to create their rawhide. These hides are a beautiful, rich golden brown color. Tough as buffalo, bull hides will last a life time. We are opposed to using buffalo because these magnificent animals were once hunted nearly to extinction.We have finally found the perfect alternative to killing buffalo - tough, beautiful bull hides that were cured in a way that does not harm our environment!If you still want buffalo hides, check out these web sites:
When you compare drum prices, be sure to ask if the stand is included.We provide a FREE Elevated Swing Stand ($100 value) and FREE drum stick ($20 value) with every Powwow Drum. The elevated stands collapse into two flat pieces for easy transportation. Keith builds the stand high so you don't have to bend over for three days at a powwow.
We continually monitor the prices of our competitors and try to offer the best value to our customers.
2. Construction methods: one piece plywood or laminated hull vs. our 60+ vertical stave cedar hulls
3. Hides used: Bleached or split hides vs. Organically rawhided unbleached hides.
4. Reputation of drum maker (Commercial Non-Native company vs. Traditional Native American family craftsman). Are the drum makers Native American and recognized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act or do the drum makers build "native STYLE" drums?
5. Extras offered (free drum stick $20 value and free stand $100 value).
We ENCOURAGE you to shop our competitors. Learn from your research that The Drum People offer the finest NATIVE AMERICAN BUILTpowwow drums for the most reasonable price.
Furniture Grade Red Cedar STAVE drum
FREE Drum Stand
Windy Old Chief explaining a song to his son. Joseph Old Chief listening. Three generations of singers at Ky-ia Powwow, Montana, on a Little Badger Drum from The Drum People. Thanks for sharing the photo, Crystal!
Why does Badger use Bull Hide instead of Buffalo?
First, isn't one slaughter and extermination of an individual species enough? Do we need to repeat our heinous crimes over and over again. The definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results. History repeats itself in an insane loop. We kill a species and it is gone forever. Perhaps that animal or plant held medicinal secrets within. Perhaps if we studied the animals and plants we might learn that the cures to cancer, diabetes, and other fatal illnesses plaguing our Nation. But no, we want to act insane and slaughter the species again and again.
Europeans swept through the country and decimated the Buffalo population. While killing the Buffalo, at first, provided a vital and legitimate food source, the "settlers" quickly learned to apply their profit motive, killing the majestic buffalo for its hide and leaving its body, the sustenance of Indigenous People, to rot all across the Plains and Prairie. Oh wait, they did go back and use the bones for fertilizer so maybe some Native American values wore off on the European invaders.
We use Bull because they are the “King of the Cows.” Female Cows are used for milk and fattened for slaughter after bearing Calves. Cattle companies castrate Steers because they proved to generate poor breeding stock. Cattle companies pump both female Cows and male Steers full of hormones, steroids, antibiotics and other chemicals. They treat these animals inhumanely and disrespectfully. They sell the most amount of meat possible, poisoned with chemicals, to burger establishments, for more money because the cows are fat.
Bulls, however, roam freely and graze. Bulls live a long life because they produce the next generation of beef. Cattle companies protect their Bulls. They do not pump Bulls full of chemicals because damaged sperm may cause mutations and inferior calves. One Bull can impregnate 50 cows. Because the Bull is treated with respect (even if the cattle company's motive is one of profit and greed), Bull's spirit remains pure. He grows old and his hide grows large: thick in the front shoulders and neck, medium thick back area and thin in the belly and hide legs. Since we buy whole Bull hides, and not just pre-cut circles, we can use the thickest part of the hide to make your powwow drum.
We are partially retired so all powwow drums are custom orders. We do not have drums in stock. Custom Powwow Drums Normally Take 2-3 Weeks (unless we are traveling)
All drums include a FREE Collapsible Stand and Basic Drum Stick
20" diameter x 14" deep: $450.00 (sits 2-4 people) 24" diameter x 14" deep: $550.00 (sits 4-6 people) 26" diameter x 14" deep: $625.00 (sits 5-7 people) 28" diameter x 14" deep: $700.00 (sits 6-8 people) 30" diameter x 14" deep: $800.00 (sits 6-10 people)
Larger Size Powwow Drums (Please Allow 4-6 Weeks, depending upon our travel schedule and waiting list)
All drums include a FREE Collapsible Stand and Basic Drum Stick
32" diameter x 14" deep: $900.00 (sits 8-10 people) 34" diameter x 14" deep: $1,100.00 (sits 9-11 people) 36" diameter x 14" deep: $1,400.00 (sits 10-12 people)
Please note: All drums larger than 30" must be shipped FREIGHT. This increase the cost of shipping to approximately $300-$500, depending upon gas prices and location to which drum is shipped.
CALL FOR A QUOTE ON DRUMS LARGER THAN 36" IN DIAMETER.
KEITH MAKES DRUMS, NOT PARTS!
Keith is a traditional NATIVE AMERICAN drum artist, taught by his grandfather to craft sturdy and beautiful drums to last generations. FOR SPIRITUAL REASONS, HE DOES NOT SELL PARTS!
Making your own drum can be a powerful and satisfying experience. We encourage you to search the internet for "native american hand drum kits" to find all the parts you need to make your own drum. If your own drum fails to come to life, then keep it forever as an important part of your spiritual journey. Later, you may find that you need to buy a drum from someone with a lifetime of experience. We hope you return to our web site and let us help you find a drum you can play.
Native American drum-making is a CEREMONY and an ART, traditionally passed down through family generations of indigenous people. Drum-making is a calling, with a whole life devoted only to this one thing: making drums to help people pray and sing. It involves gifting drums to those who need them, showing up with drums to events where a drum is requested and donating drums to help people heal. Drum-making, in the tradition of North American indigenous People, is a life style. It is the life-style of a common man.
Little Badger Powwow Drums
Spirit Bear Singers, GA, drum at powwows, veteran's events and 4H events. Drummers donate their time and songs to build unity in this crazy world. Thanks, Eric, and thanks to all your brothers. We are honored that you chose to share your songs on a Keith Little Badger Powwow Drum!
SHIPPING POWWOW DRUMS Please consider shipping prices when buying a powwow drum. Shipping costs vary by your location and size of the drum, but usually range between $75 (20" drum) and $300-$500 (All drums over 30" must be shipped Freight). If you provide us with a zip code, we can give you an accurate estimate of shipping costs. See more accurate information on shipping prices under our "ORDER" page.
Our drums were originally 12 inches deep. Keith added another 2" to make the standard 14" high powwow drum. The extra height provides a deeper sound and more comfort when sitting and playing..