All Sweat lodge drums are by custom order. Please call 256-538-0246 to order. It normally takes 2-3 weeks to build and dry your lodge drum, unless we are traveling. Thank you.
This is a traditional double sided Native drum. Lodge drums are approximately 5" in depth. Because this drum has two rawhides, it is the preferred type for sweat lodges.
We use thick bull rawhide for the heads and laces. We do not use bleached hides because bleaching weakens rawhide. Note the beautiful golden brown color of our hides.
We have tested these drums. Friends and customers have tested the lodge drums. The results: our native sweat lodge drums still sing after 28 stones. We have found that sweat lodge drums ovee 18" are too cumbersome in the sweat lodge. The one time a friend brought a 22" lodge drum to inipi, we has 7 people on one side of the lodge and the man and his huge drum on the other side. Let the size of your lodge and the average number of people in ceremony determine the size of lodge drum you order.
In an experiment, we took our friend, Kathy's single sided buffalo hide hand drum and our bull hide lodge drum into sweat lodge. After first round, Kathy's buffalo drum was flat as a pancake. Our lodge drum sweated through all four rounds with songs still in her. All drums come with a free stick.
Recycled CedarKing's Pine" Sweat Lodge Drum
14" diameter - $220.00 14" diameter - $240.00
16" diameter - $240.00 16" diameter - $260.00
18" diameter - $260.00 18" diameter - $280.00
No new trees died for these drums. We clean up after Alabama Power clear-cuts trees along the power lines. We cut storm-downed trees. We use logs pulled from rivers in five states. Our King's Pine came from the 2011 tornado that ripped through Alabama. We do not cut trees. Our rawhide is processed in an ecologically responsible manner so we pay a little more. We think the extra cost is worth it to protect Mother Earth from chemical pollution.
Drum Bags for Sweat Lodge Drum
Cheryl makes drum bags to safely transport your sweat lodge drum to ceremony. Because of the weight of this drum, all lodge drum bags are padded and lined, with a tough exterior layer of fabric. Leather sweat lodge drum bags are available, but the cost is higher because of the additional leather used. The leather bags are also lined and padded: the lining supports the weight of your drum so the deer hide does not stretch out of shape.
Nearly every tribe performed a purification ceremony, which most passed from generation to generation orally. The most publicized of these is the Lakota Sweat Lodge ceremony. Black Elk explained the ceremony to Joseph Epps Brown in his book The Sacred Pipe, which details the seven sacred ceremonies of the Lakota People. Because the Lakota sweat lodge has been studied extensively (for example, Raymond A. Bucko's The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat Lodge), many people have come to believe that the Lakota way is the only correct sweat lodge. This is not true. Other nations practice variations of the sweat lodge.
In the inipi or sweat lodge ceremony, people come together in spiritual community to pray. Preparations are extensive, and vary from one Native subculture to another. But all involve the sacred elements of fire, water, air, and earth. A lodge is built, typically of willow branches, and then coverered with wool blankets (traditionally skins and hides). A fire is built and stones are placed in the fire for purification.
As the stones heat to red-hot temperature, the people make prayer ties and other preparations to enter the lodge. A fire-keeper tends the stones. Helpers place the blankets on the lodge frame. The lodge leader smudges the sweat lodge. Pipe carriers load their pipes.
Once sweat lodge ceremony begins, songs are song to welcome Creator, the Spirits and all of our Relations. The fire keeper brings rocks which are placed in a pit in the center of the lodge. The blanket door is closed to form a sacred circle enclosure. Water is poured over the rocks and steam rises. The purpose of the sweat lodge is prayer, spiritual community and purification.
We provide a tool, the sweat lodge drum, to help people who practice sacred inipi ceremony. We ask that people always pray for the rise of wise leaders who will recognize that Mother Earth is being destroyed and who will enact laws to protect her. We ask that prayers be offered to find leaders who will promote World Peace and wil stop leading the People into senseless wars and death.
We ask humbly that prayers be offered to provide for the needs of the sick in this country and others. With all of our knowledge, it is a crime that people in this country and others are dying because of greed. How much can a pill cost? What happened to the hypocratic oath that all medical doctors swear upon entering the practice of medicine? Why is it that those with means will be treated medically, yet our soldiers, who served this country, are killed by VA hospitals through neglect and lies?
We ask that all those who practice the powerful ceremony of Inipi or other purification and prayer rituals offer prayers for the salvation of our world and the conquest of greed, intolerance and ignorance. We thank all of you who are already engaged in the Power of Prayer to Save our World. We are all related. What happens to one of us will inevitably impact another and then another of us. We are all related. That is one of the message of the Inipi. We are all related.