Bill Henderson's traditional Native drums

The drum’s rhythm is the heartbeat of Mother Earth.

Bill Henderson - Facilitator

This native drum making workshop begins with a smudge and sharing circle where the traditional teachings of owning a native hand drum are discussed and each participant will have an opportunity to focus on his/her intentions.

Traditional native drum hide and hoop
 Each participant will then choose the hide and hoop.  Hoops are lovingly made by Bill Henderson and are 15 inches in diameter.  16 pieces of cedar are used to make the hoop, representing the sacred numbers in the native traditions.

Stringing hide onto cedar hoop
 The hide is then strung onto the cedar hoop with guidance from Bill on how to make the drum strong and balanced while it is being played.

Finished native drum
 The workshop will end with a tribal smudging ceremony to bless and bring the drum to life connecting it to the heartbeat of Mother Earth.

Your new drum will take 2-3 days to dry, and it is recommended that you allow the images within the drum hide to appear before you choose to paint over them.

Dates & Times


1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Jul 27, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019

To register or inquire further, please call us at (905) 844-5055 or send us an email.

Fees (subject to HST)


Fee includes all materials for a 15" Drum (Wooden Frame with hide) and a drum beater.



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