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I saw, chop and chisel a cross section of a real tree to hollow out the frame. (In the old days, people used fire to burn out a frame's center, but the ancestors did not have to contend with zoning laws and fire ordinances! LOL!) But in the tradition of the ancestors, I honor the drum with each step through ceremony and reverence. 

No live trees are harvested for these drums, only those already downed or destroyed by natural causes, mostly by LIGHTNING. That is the sacred soul of each one of these drums. They are reborn to sound THUNDER.

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I guarantee you will never ever see drums like these anywhere but right here. NEVER. Please know that I do not aim to boast, but to merely help you understand why these drums are so special. Let me count the ways:

  • 1.    Made from real trees, BIG TREES, that were felled by natural causes and reclaimed to live as drums. They are solid wood, crosscut from a tree (which woodworkers call a "cookie," um, these are some REALLY BIG COOKIES, like, more than six feet around!), then hollowed out.​

  • 2.    Powwow type drums are so named because they can be played by many people at once, like when groups gather for sacred ceremony and other joyous occasions. So far as I know, these are the only drums in the world to have "pockets" carved out from inside the thick frames in order to hold offerings that the drummers place into them before playing the drum. Each of the four pockets in a drum point East, West, North and South and can hold beads, seeds, stones, herbs, and/or other offerings meant to honor the sacred directions, the Earth Mother and All That Is.

  • 3.  Each powwow drum has several other marks of distinction, too, including carvings, decorations, the number of pegs to hold down the drum head and, as with the current drum, a most unique drum stand. This stand sets four buffaloes in motion when the drum is played. These are expressions of the drum and its personality.

  • 4.  Every powwow drum I make can take years to complete because of the special all-natural process I employ to reclaim them and to make them. Each is considered an honored being and is treated with utmost respect through various ceremonies and treatments it receives once selected to become a powwow drum.

  • 5.     Each powwow drum tells me its story through a series of encounters during my dreamtime. The first one I made, the Bear Drum (shown at right as part of the photo gallery), set the precedent for this, and began by inspiring its design during our initial meeting in a cave, its den. From there, it would make many other suggestions over many months as we got to know each other. The Buffalo Spirit Powwow Drum was the same.

  • 6.  Every powwow drum I make contains Lightning-Struck wood, copper, emerald chips (buried deep within the frame) and many other aids to promote a powerful connection with Spirit, as well as to fortify the spiritual healing ceremony it is involved in.

  • 7.   They are RARE. Not many people wish to devote so much of their lives to such a long and painstaking pursuit. I can't imagine not doing so, but because of the length of time required, along with my other responsibilities, I can only make such a drum once in a while. So far, I have made TWO. I may be able to make three or four more before I retire. And that will be the end of the line for this small family of very special beings.

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The Buffalo Spirit powwow drum from Thunder Valley Drums http://www.naturalshamandrums.com

Nowadays it's hard to find anything made by hand and from all natural materials, right? Well, take a look at this very large drum. Large? OVER 6-feet around! Hand made? Absolutely! I have the sore muscles to prove it! All natural materials? Right from Mother Earth.

Six people can play this beautiful drum (photo, right) at the same time. That's why it's called a Powwow Drum, the kind of large drums typically made for large gatherings, ceremonies and drum sharing. You have probably heard of a powwow being held in your area sometime or another.

The frames for most of the powwow drums you see presently are made from either laminated wood or sectioned panels fastened together. Not so with the powwow drums I make.

shaman bob hollowing out a log in preparation of making it a powwow drum at thunder valley drums