About Tribal Spirit
Tribal Spirit is Joywind and Robert Todd, native artists of Shuswap, Simpcw First Nation, British Columbia and Mohawk/Scottish descent, respectively. Our passion is Native Art and Spiritual Craft, with a special emphasis on sharing the traditional teachings of Canada's tribal peoples through our work.
Our Powwow Drums have become very popular throughout North America and we are honoured to have built Drums for some of the best and up-and-coming drum groups out on the trail. We have built Powwow Drums for the winners of the Gathering of Nations, Summer Solstice AFN Powwow in Ottawa, and the Mawio'mi Powwow in Halifax, as well as the First Nation Drums in the Cirque du Soleil's show TOTEM.
In addition to powwow drums, we create a wide range of original products including Hand Drums, Caribou Antler Dreamcatchers, Black Ash Baskets, Drum Bags and Purses, Medicine Wheels and Shields, Native American Rattles, and a variety of Native Jewellery.
We share stories to go with our art so people can understand the tradition behind the craft and be able to pass it on. Creating art is a spiritual quest, and this process takes so much effort and commitment that we believe it is important to share what we learn with others.
Coming to a Powwow Near You
We attend many powwows and art shows throughout North America, and at most events, we can be found demonstrating and explaining the techniques of our various creations. Sharing with people is important because it preserves traditional art and teachings by simply passing them on, and creates an exchange of ideas and experience...which is really what the Powwow is about.
Our Leather and Raw Hide
We live in an area of Quebec where there is a healthy population of deer and moose, and people still hunt to feed their families. Each fall we gather deer and moose hides from hunters and we transform this "waste" product into wonderful deer and moose leather. All of our drums and leather work are made from leather which we have gathered ourselves. We also have deer and moose leather, as well as deer and moose raw hide available for our customers.
Tribal Spirit has Three Websites?
As you may have noticed, we have three web sites. This site, www.tribalspirit.ca, was put up about 10 years ago. As time went on, our efforts came to focus on drum making so we built www.nativepowwowdrums.com to make it easier for customers to buy our drums. This site is full of information on our work and has lots of pictures.
Over the past two years we have also built a co-op Native Music Label, recording and producing powwow and hand drum music. In the Fall of 2011 we launched an e-commerce site www.tribalspiritmusic.com, the only label making Native Music available for download online! We hope you love it! and please visit us on: http://www.facebook.com/tribalspiritmusic
When we're not on the Powwow Trail, we live in the Laurentian mountains north of Montreal. We can be reached at:
Tel.: 819-429-7641 (Canadian)
Tel.: 602-717-7987 (USA)
Ivry sur le Lac (Québec)