We have partially retired. We keep hand drums in stock, but all other items are by custom order only. Please call 256-538-0246 to place an order. Thank you. Cheryl and Keith
Sweat Lodge Drums
The Drum People are in full compliance with theIndian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, which helps ensure that only Native North American People market and sell authentic Native North American crafts. The Act requires all artists to acccurately label their crafts so that consumers know whether they are purchasing authentic Native American crafts. According to the Act,Native American People make Native American Drums. NON-Native People make "Native STYLE" Drums.
Keith Little Badger: Drum Maker
Click on Keith's picture to learn more about your drum maker.
As a Native American, Keith preserves his heritage by practicing the craft his Grandfather passed down to him: he builds authentic NATIVE AMERICAN DRUMS.
He gathers the logs, has them sawn, planes them smooth. Then he cuts each board to create staves for powwow drums or segments for his hand drum frames. Each frame is sanded four time with 40, 80, 120 and 220 grit sand paper to make as close to a circle as a human can make. He uses unbleached, air dryed rawhide. He makes his drums with reverence for the Creator and caring for the people who will use these sacred drums in their lives.
WHY BUY FROMThe Drum People?
First, we are committed to Green, ecological methods to build our Native American drums. We do not cut down any trees. Our rawhide does not poison the earth with chemicals.
If you compare Native American drums, you may notice that many of them seem to look alike. Our drums look different. Wonder why? We build our own hand drum hulls. We build hand drums, sweat lodge drums, and powwow drums. We offer each type of drum in several standard sizes, or we can build a drum to your custom size specifications.
We do not buy one-piece plywood hoops and simply stretch a hide over the hoop.Keith is an artist, a wood-worker, a wood craftsman.He painstakingly cuts, planes, hammers, glues and sands every board of lumber to make each unique hand drum, sweat lodge drum or powwow drum. From the sawmill to the shipper, your native drum is handled by Keith and Cheryl, The Drum People, in a loving, respectful way.
Some people call us tree-huggers. We call itRespect for Mother Earth. Become a partner in our stewardship efforts. We believe that native drums should be sacred instruments - from their construction in Keith's hands, to resting in your hands, where they will carry your songs and prayers to Creator.
All native drums come with a free drum stick $20 value.
All powwow drums come with a FREE STAND AND DRUM STICK $200 value.
We offer beautiful unique drum bags crafted from durable Native American/Southwest Style fabrics.
We hand craft beautiful leather drum bags: punching holes and cutting lace, to sew them.
We use rawhide "scraps" to make unique rawhide rattles.
Second, we are committed to promoting Native American culture. Making drums is not a job, it is a CALLING for us. It is our MISSION in life.
We have donated or discounted drums to Native Americans in prison so that they can practice their spiritual ceremonies. By doing this, we hope that Creator will guide them back to the good Red Road.
We have donated or discounted drums to schools to help children learn about the REAL Indigenous People of this country, rather than allowing them to learn only from the biased stereotypes of "Indians" portrayed on television and movies.
We partner with wildlife rescue efforts to protect the animals that were once destroyed and on the brink of extinction because of historical carelessness and greedy business practices of those who invaded Indian country.
We have sponsored cultural events, like our annual Hand Drum Competition, to showcase the talent of Native American singers and drummers. We hope to educate the public about the Indigenous People and Culture of the United States by supporting the beauty of their traditions and songs.
We also help sponsor Native American drum teams so that they can play at powwows and share this wonderful culture with the general public.
We partner with groups of caring people who have found creative ways to use drumming to improve the health and quality of life of our Elders, and for people with diseases like autism and alzheimers.
We have donated drums and our time to help build homes for victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and floods.
When you buy a drum from The Drum People, you support the causes we support. We are not a shopping cart company with only the goal of making money.
We are people who want to Change the World.
SLIDE SHOW ABOVE
Omaha Public School's Pre-K program honored The Drum People by allowing us to help them obtain their own pow- wow drum. Omaha tribal elders taught the boys how to drum. The young drum team shared their songs with their community at a Pre-K Pow-Wow. The beating of the drum enabled the girls to learn their traditional dances, so they too love the drum. The school uses the drum as part of their family night gatherings, allowing the teens to drum and sing together. According to Tami Maldonado-Mancebo, Director of the School's Office of Native American Indian Education, "The drumming brings greater peace and harmony to all of our activities."
Thank You Tami and the Omaha Public School system for allowing us to help pass on cultural traditions to young and old alike. Thank You, Tami, for choosing The Drum People.
Dr. April Lea Go Forth, Shauna, Anna Wells, Barbara Warren, Megan in front
"Women all over the world are coming to the drum."
The Flying Seeds and Michael Belhuemer perform at music festival
Cheryl & Keith help Michael build a new home for tornado Victim in Harrisburg, Illinois, May 2013
Bill Miller Plays Little Badger Drum
Arvel Bird Plays Little Badger Drum
Andy Wasserman with Little Badger Drum. Turtle Painting and Beaded drum stick by Cheryl
Miss Indian Alabama 2008 sings her sons on a drum built by The Drum People
EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY!
Our friend Tina Four Winds plays her Little Badger hand drum at 2009 Earth Day awareness event in Huntington, West Virginia. To the left of Tina is the Governor of West Virginia.
We know most of our customers are involved in healing/saving the earth efforts. Send us your photos and stories. Let us help you spread your message.
The Drum People Sponsor Native American Hand Drum Competitions
Native American people have supported us for years and years at powwows. Their love and support made us who we are: The Drum People. We wanted to give back to the Native American community. We have had this dream of bringing the hand drum tradition back to the Southeastern part of the United States because this tradition seemed to be lost here. Hosting informal competitions for four years, we finally made our dream come true and sponsored an official hand drum competition with $1000 prize money and free drums for the winner in 2008.
Alex Alvarez, Creek, Wins First Place: $500 and a Hand Drum From The Drum People. MEET THE WINNERS!
MEET THE CONTESTANTS FOR THE 2008 HAND DRUM COMPETITION!