Native American drums are always played with sticks. And traditionally these sticks were made out of wood. Modern powwow drumsticks are now made with a thin fiberglass rod. The fiberglass flexes with each beat, reducing arm fatigue and allowing the player to drum and sing for hours. They have double-sided heads of hand-sewn deer leather, on a pinstriped stick.
Drumsticks must be made very well to last, and they are labour intensive to produce! They are firm and longer than average at 22”.