This exquisitely crafted traditional hand drum was created by drum-maker Everett Fragua of Jemez Pueblo. In Pueblo culture, drums represent the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and are an instrument of healing. Featuring hide that has been prepared, cured, and stretched by hand over a cottonwood base, this drum is both a usable instrument with a rich sound and a beautiful collectible for champions of Native American art.
- Hand drum and drumstick handcrafted by Everett Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)
- Cottonwood frame and cowhide drum head
- Drum measures L: 15" W: 15" H: 1-3/4"
- 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.
About the Artist
Everett Fragua is a highly regarded drum-maker from Jemez Pueblo. He handcrafts drums in traditional Pueblo and northern styles from cottonwood and hand-cured hides.
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, drumheads 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.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.