• Frame: Maple cross-cut, 74-inch circumference, 26-inch diameter, 5 1/2-inches deep, 2-inches (varies) thick.

  • The four "Drum Pockets" (see photos, above, and lower right) honor the four directions and hold offerings during ceremony. You will not find this feature on any other powwow drum in the world (except the Bear Drum, which I made several years ago and that now serves in a California tribal center).

  • Drumhead: Buffalo, fastened to 27 oak pegs embedded in the frame.

  • Decorations: Woven fabric and silk-like cording sewn together and intertwined on the pegs form a beautiful spiraling tiara around the drum, accented by a white leather band.

  • Many emerald chips are buried beneath the nameplate to concentrate healing energy, another hallmark of Thunder Valley Drums.

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The Largest Powwow Drum I've Ever Made

  • Can accommodate four to six drummers

  • Made from a crosscut of a real tree

  • One of only two drums in the world to have pockets carved inside the frame for offerings

              (I made the other one, too!)

The Buffalo Spirit Drum seeks to honor a powerful and sacred lord of America's Great Plains. It was the buffalo which provided food, shelter, clothing, tools and many other life- sustaining necessities to the native peoples.

Many also saw the buffalo symbolically situated in the center of the wheel of life, and hence comes a spirit drum to acknowledge this mighty totem animal.

Made from a cross-cut section of a maple tree more than six feet round, this all natural drum was made by hand and took two years to complete. The drum stand, too, is a one-of-a-kind, as you will see below.



Facing the Great Mysterious, a place of passage.  Know no fear, be brave. Pierce the darkness.

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A glimpse of the bottom of the drum.

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A fresh start, a new journey, taking action! Follow the good red road with power and humility.

one of four pockets carved inside the frame of the buffalo spirit powwow drum

  The Buffalo Spirit Drum Stand 

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The place of cold clarity amid duress. Often calls for rest, candid self-reflection / contemplation.

Watch The Buffalo Spirit Drum's Birthday Party!

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Where Do You Want To Go Next?

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Abundance, music, joy, dancing, love and honor. Be giving here, be gracious, be thankful.

            More Buffalo Drum Features


This beautiful stone Buffalo Totem was gifted to the spirit of the drum and is included when you purchase the Buffalo Spirit Drum.

Honoring The Buffalo Spirit On The Medicine Wheel & In Symbol


All of my drums are intended to honor various indigenous cultures, so the nameplate for the Buffalo Spirit Drum carries the Celtic letters suggesting the Thunder Valley Drums motto, "Live Free" on a triangle of lightning wood. 

Other symbols include the great spiral of life (African), a hollowed-out stone (aboriginal), colorful beads (South American), turquoise glass beads (Native American), Tibetan silver beads (East Asia), and brass bells (European / Mediterranean). Holding it all together is white lacing to honor White Buffalo Calf Woman in the Lakota-Sioux tradition.

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Sacred Spaces

Four carved womb-shaped spaces at the cardinal points inside the drum can be used to hold offerings from the drummers .

Drum Stand Details:

  • Constructed from recovered cedar.

  • Measures 24-inches high, 31-inches square.

  • Hand-rubbed with beeswax and oil.

  • Can be unlocked and folded for easy storage (photo, right), and Buffalo inserts can be removed, too.

  • Ships separately from drum.
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​ ​​Buffalo Spirit Powwow Drum

Play the Buffalo Spirit Drum and you will hear the thunder across the sky and feel the rumble of the herd beneath your feet. This is a powerful drum to honor a mighty animal spirit which lives in the hearts of healers everywhere. 

A sun-dappled Buffalo Spirit Drum

Four decorated hand-crafted inserts (see images, above and left) are placed individually "Around The Sacred Circle," the four sacred directions, and feature images of buffaloes painted by Thunder Valley Drums artist Glenn Lewis. Each buffalo represents certain qualities associated with its direction and is painted to resemble traditional Lakota Sioux colors generally attributed to each direction.

Once the drum is broken in and the bindings holding the buffaloes stretch a bit and relax, the buffaloes will "dance" a little up and down with each beat of the drum. That's because they are attached at a pivot point into the stand.