This small log drum handcrafted by medicine man, musician and master drum maker Steven Toya is a distinctive instrument and work of art that celebrates the beauty and spirituality of Pueblo culture. The drum has long been at the center of Pueblo life, accompanying ceremonies and dances for generations. Made in a size convenient for travel, this two-sided drum is a beautiful instrument to be enjoyed by musicians of all cultures as well as devoted collectors of Native art.
- Two-sided hand drum and drumstick handcrafted by Steven Toya (Zia Pueblo)
- Cottonwood frame and cow hide drum head
- Drum measures 10” x 1-3/4” and drum stick measures 10”
- Natural, hand-cured hides vary in color and the instrument you receive may not look exactly as pictured
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
Steven Toya is a medicine man, performer and master drum maker from Zia Pueblo. For forty years he has been handcrafting drums, an art passed down to him from his father. Toya sees drums and their music as a powerful healing tool. As a recovering alcoholic, he believes it is important to share his story and how drum-making gave him a second chance at life. Over 25 years ago, Toya founded Zia Pueblo’s Southern Slam Drum Group and still performs in the group along with his sons and other members of his extended family.
In Pueblo culture the beat of a drum represents the heartbeat of life. Master drum maker Steven Toya also sees the drum as an instrument of healing, providing music that gives us strength and resilience. Created from gifts of nature, the drum also represents Mother Nature.
In Pueblo culture, a drumbeat represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and drum music accompanies ceremonies and dances. Traditional Pueblo drums are created from trees native to northern New Mexico, including aspen, cottonwood and pine. First, the log is stripped of bark, then the artist hollows out the log and dries it for up to half a year. Historically, drum heads were made from elk, buffalo or deer hides, but contemporary Pueblo artists also use cow hides. After being carefully cleaned and scraped by hand, the animal hides are soaked then stretched to fit the drum’s frame and secured with rawhide laces. Traditional Pueblo drums are works of great precision and skill, representing an ancient art that has been passed down for generations. Taos and Cochiti Pueblos are most known for making drums, though there are traditional drum makers from other Northern Pueblos as well.Read our Native American Instruments Collector's Guide.
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