>The Western Apache (which includes the San Carlos and White Mountain
>tribes in AZ) make drums for their ceremonies by stretching a hide
>across the top of graniteware pots (the old-fashioned looking kind that
>are blue with speckles). They use a thin stick (willow, maybe) that's
>been tied into a circle at one end to strike the drumhead. Perhaps you
>could dig up some old pots and some leather hides to make your own.
>Chamois (used to polish cars) might work, though it may be too
>fuzzy--real chamois is a type of leather; there's also "chamois" cloths
Goat hide is the best for stretching drums, but it's pretty slimy and
slippery to work with (you soak it and stretch it wet).