Tachini Pete

Drum making and drumming

Arlee, MT


Tachini Pete is an enrolled Navajo who grew up mainly on the Flathead Indian Reservation. His mother is Salish, an enrolled member in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. His father is Navajo, an enrolled member. Tachini has been involved in ceremony and spiritual practices his entire life. Tachini grew up around the drum. His parents and siblings are all singers and dancers at powwows. He has been making drums as a calling for all of his adult life, 20 years with thousands of drums crafted. He was the lead founder of a non-profit that operates the Salish language immersion school for young children. He is the author of the first modern Salish language translation dictionary; an 816 page volume. He has degrees in Native American Studies, Bilingual Education, Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a minor in American Indian Entrepreneurship. Tachini's general life interest is in making a contribution to society by using his education, experience and skills to enhance and strengthen community health and prosperity. 

Tachini owns and operates Tachini Drums. Tachini Drums is 100-percent owned and operated by enrolled Native Americans. The business is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation of Western Montana, home of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes. All of their Native American drums and related products are handcrafted under the direction of the master Salish/Navajo drum maker using centuries old traditional methods passed down from the ancestors. Listen to the heart beat of Native American tradition the instrument of the Earth, the heartbeat and rhythm of Nature. Tradition, respect, honor, pride and integrity are crafted into each drum. Our drums are considered by many to be the most aesthetically appealing and well constructed drums you can buy. Tachini drums provides high quality Native American drums, drum accessories, drum making supplies and drum related products to the retail and wholesale market for end users with a desire for an authentic Native American made product. There are many drum crafters out there, but few are Native American and fewer market there work directly to the public. Only enrolled Native Americans can call there work authentic Native American all others call their work "Native American style".

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