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.
If you ever doubt that we are all connected, you need to hear this song - another experiment in global musical unity and peace.
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 $120 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.