Windy Old Chief with Father and Son: 3 Generations Play Little Badger Drum at Ky-ia Powwow in Montana
50" 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 or have a waiting list)
All drums include a FREE Collapsible Stand ($200.00 value ) and FREE Drum Stick
20" diameter x 14" deep: $480.00 (sits 2-6 people) 24" diameter x 14" deep: $580.00 (sits 4-6 people) 26" diameter x 14" deep: $680.00 (sits 4-7 people) 28" diameter x 14" deep: $800.00 (sits 4-8 people) 30" diameter x 14" deep: $900.00 (sits 4-10 people)
Larger Size Powwow Drums (Please Allow 4-6 Weeks, depending upon our travel schedule and waiting list)
32" diameter x 14" deep: $1,100.00 (sits 4-10 people) 34" diameter x 14" deep: $1,300.00 (sits 4-12 people) 36" diameter x 14" deep: $1,500.00 (sits 4 -14 people)
Please note: All drums larger than 36" must be shipped FREIGHT. This increases the cost of shipping up to $1000 depending upon gas prices and location to which drum is shipped. The last estimate we received on shippping a 40" powwow drums was $850. Be sure to factore shipping prices into your choice of powwow drum size.
Please read on to learn more about the materials and methods Keith Little Badger uses to build his recycled cedar powoww drums. We have provided a wealth of information help you find the right powwow drum.
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," "Dyed" 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.
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.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 ($200 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.
1. Materials used: "laminated" steamed thin plywood vs. our recycled cedar
2. Construction methods: one piece plywood or laminated hull vs. our 60+ vertical stave cedar hulls
3. Hides used: Bleached, dyed or split hides vs. Organically rawhided unbleached natural 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. Staves glued together with pointed rough edges vs. our carefully sanded ROUND drum hulls. We don't just glue staves together and call it a powwow drum. We sand each drum with 40, 80, 120 and 220 grit sand paper to give our drums a glossy finish. Our drums form a SACRED CIRCLE.
6. Extras offered (free drum stick $20 value and free stand $200 value).
We ENCOURAGE you to shop our competitors. Learn from your research that The Drum People offer the finest NATIVE AMERICAN BUILT(not Native American Style) powwow drums for the most reasonable price.
Furniture Grade Red Cedar STAVE drum
FREE Drum Stand
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.
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 generated 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.