Keith Little Badger builds three styles of NATIVE HAND DRUMS
Please scroll down this page to learn more about:
1. "King's Pine" Northeastern Woodlands Hand Drums
2. Recycled Cedar Hand Drums
3. Plains Style Hand Drums
We explain why we use rawhide laces rather than sinew or rope.
We explain why we use specially processed BULL hide for our Native drums.
We explain our lacing technique and its spiritual sigificance to Native Americans
We explain why KEITH DOES NOT SELL PARTS, so please don't ask us for hides, hulls or any other drum part.
We welcome questions, so if we have not provided enough information to help you choose your personal hand drum, please feel free to give us a call at 256-538-0246. We will answer all your questions. When you hear the right drum, it will call your name!
NEW LINE OF HAND DRUMS!
We are proud to offer this new limited edition of TORNADO-ENERGY "King's Pine" hand drums, representative of Northeast from whence these majestic trees derive, and sacred to the Abenaki and other Algonquin Nation Peoples of the Dawnland. They are sturdy like all of Little Badger's drums, but lighter in weight, perfect for women drummers.
Tuscaloos, AL Tornado
Forest of Destroyed Trees: Tornado AL
Debris: Alabama Tornado
King's Pine Hand Drums - Golden Bull Rawhide - Various thickness fits each individual climate
King's Pine Hand Drums
NEW LINE: LIMITED EDITION!
Keith Little Badger has developed a new line of drums. This limited edition will last only until the white pine boards run out. These hand drums are especially light-weight, averaging about 6-8 ounces lighter than the cedar drums. These hand drums are perfect for women who prefer less heavy but very study drums that will last for generations.
In 2011, a tornado ripped though Alabama. Major damage occurred in the Tuscaloosa area, but trees were uprooted all over central and northeastern Alabama. The Drum People helped clean up after the storms and received as gifts several white pine logs. In late March 2013, Alabama suffered another tornado. Again, Keith went out with his chainsaw. Travis, our sawmill guy, brought his bobcat on the log truck and hauled the logs back to his saw mill.
We named this new line "King's Pine hand drums". At the turn of the last century, between 1890 and 1910, two-thirds of the Abenaki people living on the Odinack Reserve in Quebec, Canada, fled brutal conditions, emmigrating to New Hampshire, USA. Today,Abenaki People call New Hampshire home. Every Columbus Day), the nation hosts the Abenaki Homecoming Powwow in New Hampshire. The Abenaki call themselves People of the Dawnland because they live where the sun first creeps over the horizon. Keith's family moved from Odinack in Canada to New Hampshire with this Abenaki contingent.
Keith celebrates his roots, his homeland (N'd Kinna), his cultural heritage, with this new "King's Pine"line of hand drums. In his New Hampshire home, Shoe (Keith's grandfather) constructed his drums from white pine. Shoe employed white pine because of its plentitude.
Historically, white pine trees dominated northeastern United States, towering over all the other trees, forming the forest conifer canopy. White Pines were the Redwoods of the Northeast. When the British came to the "New world", specifically to "New England," the king marked the tallest, straightest pines with a crown. These pines, the "King's Pines," were sawn and made into Ship's Masts. Penalty for anyone who dared cut a crown-marked "King's Pine" was death, whether the "poacher" be a new settler or an indigenous Native American.
In the early 1900s, lumber companies clear-cut White Pine forests in New England, selling the boards to pallet makers, crate builders, furniture and housing lumber buyers. Like the Buffalo, the White Pine, once a powerful symbol of a proud indigenous people, has been decimated.
White pine is not native to southern climates in the United States. However, birds carry the seed of the white pine. Winds, too, capture white pine seed on gentle air currents and carry it southward. Somehow White Pine magically appeared in Alabama. Gusts from tornados twisted several of these rare southern White Pine trees out of the ground. We removed the debris for elderly people who could not afford professional tree cutters. This tornado twisted wood created the "King's Pine" limited edition of Little Badger hand drums.
Honey Colored wood with well-defined grain form the frames of the King's Pine hand drum
14" King's Pine: $170.00
16" King's Pine: $200.00 18" by special order: $230.00
Keith cuts rawhide laces from the same hide as the head. He does not use string or imitation sinew. This is extremely important: drums laced with nylon cord, rope, leather or sinew will eventually result in a loose drum head because they will not expand and contract at the same rate as the rawhide head. Different materials = different reactions to humidity and climate.
We provide a FREE drum stick with every drum. CLICK on the thumbnail photo of drum back at right to see detail of the lacing and back.
14" diameter: $145.00
16" diameter: $175.00
18" by special order: $210
Front of hand drum
Red cedar - Blood of the people
Plains Style Pine Native American Hand Drum
Keith Little Badger wraps a recycled pine Native American hand drum frame with rawhide completely. While his other hand drums display the cedar or King's Pine hull of the drum, this Plains style has a rawhide edge (PLAINS STYLE DRUM IS FEATURED IN THE CENTER). The same rawhide used for the head is used as lacing so the whole hand drum expands and contracts equally. Hook a thumb through the ring in the back and allow the Plains Style american indian drum to rest on four outstretched fingers (no "claw hand" grip). Because more rawhide is used to cover this drum, we must charge slightly more.
14" Plains Style Pine Hand Drum - $170.00 16" Plains Style Pine Hand Drum - $200.00 18" by special order: $230.00