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Baldwin City resident hired to make new drum for Chiefs

Cyrus Fillmore, who lives west of Baldwin, rests on a nearly six-foot drum he's making for the the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cyrus Fillmore, who lives west of Baldwin, rests on a nearly six-foot drum he's making for the the Kansas City Chiefs.

September 23, 2012

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Fillmore's drum is nearly 6 ft wide and 24 inches deep made of two cow hides stretched on a metal frame of a water tank, as the sides are deadened with foam to create the deep sound.

Fillmore's drum is nearly 6 ft wide and 24 inches deep made of two cow hides stretched on a metal frame of a water tank, as the sides are deadened with foam to create the deep sound.

Baldwin City man builds new drum for Kansas City Chiefs

Cyrus Fillmore of rural Baldwin, talks about making a special drum for the Kansas City Chiefs. Enlarge video

In 20 years of building drums, Cyrus Fillmore — aka Cy the Drum Guy — has made some pretty big ones.

American Indian grandfather drums, an Asian dragon drum, African-style bass drums, to name a few.

But the Kansas City Chiefs’ next jumbo tom-tom, which Fillmore is building at his Baldwin City home, is his biggest drum yet — and sure to be the most-heard.

Fillmore’s new drum is planned to help revive an old Chiefs tradition at 79,000-plus capacity Arrowhead Stadium.

In 1964, the Chiefs introduced an 8-foot-tall drum for gameday entertainment at Arrowhead Stadium. At the time, the instrument was believed to be the world’s largest tom-tom, at least according to Chiefs lore.

“The reverberations of the drum are rumored to have been heard from blocks away from the stadium when the drum was used to rally fan support,” according to press notes from the team. “The Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, then known as the Chiefettes, were charged with beating the drum to incite excitement in fans.”

For their 50th anniversary season, the Chiefs are reintroducing the drum.

During pre-kickoff ceremonies at each home game, one honoree will bang the drum to lead fans in the Tomahawk Chop. At the Sept. 9 home opener, that was retired Chiefs Hall of Famer Bobby Bell.

Fillmore’s drum should be ready to hit the field soon.

After another drum maker referred the Chiefs to Fillmore — “I was like, ‘The Chiefs need a drum? Sweet,’” Fillmore said of getting the call — Fillmore said he communicated with the team for a few weeks, explaining the process of creating the drum and the timeline. The team approved his proposal and sent him a cattle tank painted red for the frame (he offered to carve the frame out of wood but said the Chiefs wanted a drum that looked like the old one).

While not as large as the original, Fillmore’s drum — at 5.5 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep — is still nearly as tall as he is.

The new tom-tom is an extra-large version of a traditional American Indian council style drum. Though the drum isn’t wooden, Fillmore lined the metal with foam to improve the sound. He used two full cowhides, which he stretched for almost a month, and secured the drumheads with rawhide strapping. To help its sound fill the stadium, the drum has a hole in one side for a microphone.

Fillmore was shaving fur from the drumheads on Friday and expected the leather to be dried and the tone to start developing this week, just in time to deliver it to the team.

“This is seriously the real deal,” Fillmore said. “When it dries, it’s going to be formidable.”

Fillmore specializes in djembes, goblet-shaped African tribal drums, and also carves didgeridoos. He plays, too.

Whether it be massive sporting events or a solo musician, the sound of a drum stirs people, Fillmore said. “It’s about spreading the vibrations.”

Fillmore isn’t sure whether he’ll ever see his drum played at Arrowhead. Not generally a sports fan, he said, he’s never actually attended an NFL football game.

He won’t say how much the Chiefs are paying him for the drum. But if the Washington Redskins get wind of it and happen to call him for one, Fillmore laughed, he’ll probably charge them a little more.

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Klumma 1 year, 6 months ago

BTW - this is for the poster that negated the "Other" native Americans. Something tells me that this song is very engrained as it is just all about you....

Have a happy day! (Smiles)

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Klumma 1 year, 6 months ago

Are. You. Serious..??

All of this banter over a "White Man" - and you know who you are - that has a craft and is using it? I will be the first one to tell you that I can not make a drum that would work. And this guy has the ingenuity (notice how I did not try to make a pun by saying injunnewitty) to use a water trough (sp.) to make this? Come'on. I think this is great.

In these times of uncertainty and unemployment this shows that someone who knows a craft whether it be making a drum or framing a house can still do what one can do for a living is great. White, Black, or in between. This is the 21'st century.

BTW. For those who may even care or are interested. There are more than one claim to be a Native American. Just ask the Mexican of the Southwest, Hawaiian, or Eskimo. These people have no Sovereign land - Da Rez - and get little help from the Gubmnt from my personal experiences with the ones know, and have known.

All this over a Drum....

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

firstly fretster...when said drum is used for purposes of clowning a race I do have a say in it. I've witnessed the racial clowning firsthand at arrowhead. An African American co worker of mine brought the tomahawk chop and drum issue up to me this morning and said those white people are clowning you all again....what are you going to do about it?? If I knew something I did led to other people being offended or denigrated in a racial or historical way I'd stop doing it. Synchophant.....I agree there are good and bad people in every race. Amongst indigenous people there is the Mohegan leader Uncas who led the charge to annihilate his Pequot relatives in 17th century Connecticut. There is Charles Curtis who betrayed the Five Civilized Tribes with his amendment to the Dawes Allotment Act in 1898. He betrayed his own Kaw people and didn't go to Oklahoma when they were removed there and then as an assimilated man went to Oklahoma to claim 1600 acres of alloted Kaw land for his kids in 1902. Then there is Stand Watie and Ross Swimmer. Stand Watie signed the Echota Agreement which got the Cherokee Nation removed on the Trail of Tears. The signatures of like 800 Cherokees got 16000 Cherokees removed. Stand Watie lated used the US Civil War as an excuse to exact revenge on Cherokees who opposed removal and who murdered some other Cherokees who also signed the Echota Removal Treaty. He became a Cherokee Confederate General and attacked Union aligned Cherokee refugees who fled to Kansas during that war. Ross Swimmer is former Cherokee Chairman who was a lapdog for Ronald Reagan. He interferred with Cherokee Freedmen voting, He interferred with the relationship between the Cherokee and Eastern Delaware tribes, He was against tribal gaming and he talked down the Cobell settlement amount from $7 billion to $794 million. There are bad people in every race. I'm sorry if I seem unfair concerning a couple of Jewish US Politicians but I'll recall another incident in my life. I was on the Wounded Knee massacre site in June 2000 at Pine Ridge, SD, when an Australian tourist also at this site asked me why they couldn't find any copies of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee at the South Dakota book stores they'd visited. I immediately asked her how honest she'd be about Australia's treatment of Aboriginal People. I basically made her answer for the actions of the Australian government as we were standing on a site where over 300 Lakota men, women, and children were shot with cannons and winchester rifles in the back on December 29, 1890 and dumped into mass graves that we were standing near in the year 2000. I guess to put an end to my part of this discussion is to say that when 700 indigenous nations are not taken seriously and are historically dismissed it must be a lot easier to make a drum for a bunch of drunk football fans to further the racist behavior that never went away. Think of what actions represent.....

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 6 months ago

Who made frankie the designated scold?

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

Synchopant.....I'm not anti semitic......it was Jack Abramov who played that struggle card to bilk $21 million from the Louisiana Coushatta tribe for Tom Delay and the GOP that all of the tea partiers seem to forget about.....not me......I've simply observed that these three men in DC, Connecticut, and Virginia, forgot the struggles of all people and had sought to subjugate and rip off Indian tribes over the last three decades. I actually had a Potawatomi acquaintance in Lawrence who attended Jewish services after their parent converted as Potawatomi person to the Jewish faith. I went with them to Passover services. All denominations need to walk the walk they talk. I've often stated that if one names a denomination on the US soil I can name an atrocity they were accountable for. Forgive and not forget is what I adhere to.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

What did we contribute to society?

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

Yea and we invented the wheel, oh nevermind. Dum dum dum dum dum dum. Give me some 151.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

if this compassionate attitude is the case then maybe he shouldn't make the drum for a bunch of inebriated bigots to clown a whole race of people. after all, one should ignore the racism, blame the victims of the racism for speaking up, and play it simple.... the original bob.....an Osage acquaintance of mine whose gone to US Senate hearings in DC to testify about such racist acts recently had a protest sign with the Bartle character in a headdress at the Chiefs Redskins game a couple of years ago. We don't like the scouts playing Indian either. Ask Roger Boyd about that.

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vhope 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow! I just wanted to read an article about a friend who is kind and compassionate. He treats people with respect and listens with an open heart. It is a shame that "strangers" should behave in such a hateful, disrespectful way. Real sad statement about humanity.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, good for all of you for doing your best to insult, humiliate and diminish all Native Americans by attacking one. I have never saw as much disrespect for a group of people as I have on the LJW.
And, none of you are in any position to tell anyone what to do.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 6 months ago

You all know the Chiefs aren't named after Native Americans, right? They are named after Mayor Bartle, who, well...

"The name, "Chiefs" is not only derived from a fan contest, but also from Mayor Bartle, who 35 years prior, founded the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief.""

It was respectful of Native Americans.

I am a Raiders fan. I get Redskins being a horrible name for a team, but the Chiefs is not.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm not dismissed....some people just revel in ignorance....

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GUMnNUTS 1 year, 6 months ago

Chiefs with a nice victory today. Who dat, who dat, who dat that beat them Saint's. Can't wait to hear the drum at the Broncos game

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

drumguy....know that you have stepped into an issue where African Americans don't tolerate Sambo's Restaurant, Latino people didn't tolerate the drunk sombrero guy sign in front of the Liquor Store on Southwest BLVD in KCMO and Native peoples shouldn't have to tolerate Ottawa Braves, Manhattan Indians, Tulsa Union Redskins, Little River Redskins, or Osage City Indians, but some people are toooo dense to get it as they do their stupid chant in front of a mediocre overpaid NFL team who is historically tone deaf to Native people. I stood near the I-70 exit to Arrowhead and Royals stadium as ONE Chiefs representative spoke to the late AIM activist Vernon Bellecourt and an Osage acquaintance of mine pr lip service at the Chiefs Redskins game a number of years ago. Do the right thing drumguy.....don't build the drum for a contingent of tone deaf historically clueless sports fans who are too drunk to care about who they offend. Someone needs to let the Chiefs know that the chop is insulting and offensive to Native peoples. Think of Marlon Brando refusing his Oscar award back in the 1970's. That would be a good start.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

fine.....the Winters Doctrine deals with the damming of the Milk River in Montana by a White farmer thus denying the Gros Ventre (pronounced Gro Vein) and Assiniboine tribes the ability have water for farming or performing the arts of civilization as perscribed by US Government policy of a century ago. The reservation for these two tribes was created before the statehood date of Montana thus giving the two tribes pre eminent water claims. In 1908 the US Supreme Court affirmed the water rights for these two tribes and the dam was removed. In the Kickapoo tribe of Kansas case concerning drinking water their reservation was established in 1832 some 29 years before Kansas statehood. The Kickapoo treaty of 1862 was a land grab for the Leavenworth, Pawnee, and Pikes Peak Railroad orchestrated by the Kickapoo Agent Mr. Keith and US senator and land thief extrordinare Samuel Pomeroy. The Plum Creek area was part of this land treaty area. The Indian agent was so corrupt that a group of Kickapoos left Kansas in the mid 1860's and went to Mexico and Texas along with some Potawatomi people. The modern Kickapoo Tribe of Eagle Pass, Texas and Naciemento, Mexico is descended from this group who left the White corruption of 1860's Indian Kansas. Read the book "The End of Indian Kansas 1854-1871" by Craig Miner and William Unrau to learn how 80% of eastern Kansas was stolen away from the Shawnee, Iowa, Kickapoo, Wyandotte, Sac and Fox, Delaware, Miami, Wea, Peoria, Piankishaw, and Kaskaskia in the Manypenny Treaties of 1854-55. Leavenworth, KCK, Lawrence, Paola, and Topeka were founded on these lands. This book is in the Native American section at Half Price Books in Lawrence for $7.00. Such a small price to pay to overcome historical ignorance.

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Drumguy 1 year, 6 months ago

WOW I just wanted to build a Drum. And have people enjoy it. Everyone posting on this link should start drumming on a regular basis. It will help calm their hate. (this of course is my personal belief and opinion) Warm regards to all of you may you find peace.

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Liberal 1 year, 6 months ago

Now with the Winters Doctrine you have an opportunity to educate, tell us more about it.

Now as far as Jews...you can not associate me with some criminal. I had nothing to do with it. That is what I am talking about blame and associating a race with an individual. It is the same with the guy in Manhattan trying to stop Obama from being on the Kansas ballot. It is a stupid move from a silly person.

Native issues are not taken seriously as a result of some logo. They are not taken seriously as a result of their focus on the stupid logo and the lack of understanding of "REAL" issues. If they were focused on the real issues. Like drinking water in the Dakota's or Addiction or education problems and people were educated to the depth, history and beauty of the Native people then slowly things would change. But what most people see is the "angry indian" not to be taken seriously....If Martin Luther King would have tried the hatred and anger route his accomplishments would never have happened he would have been dismissed.

IMO, YOU have an opportunity to make a difference, understanding the white world as well as the native. You could bring people together to have a better understanding. What about and education forum out at Haskell to start a conversation about what is going on in the native world. Forums on the problems relating to food, alcohol, land issues etc....With Haskell being right here, they could have events for the community to come to and start to bridge a gap instead of furthering the distance between us.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 6 months ago

tuschie, I hope you've got that rant saved as text so you don't have to key it in every time. Your poor little fingers will be worn down to nubs.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

Liberal....if you're Jewish then maybe you can explain Jack Abramov bilking the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana out of $21 million which he hasn't paid back yet as court ordered for restitution.....maybe you can explain Richard Blumenthal....former AG of Connecticut and now US Senator who made a career out of verbally and legally attacking the Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan, Paucatuck Pequot, and Paugusset tribes for over thirty years or US Congressman Eric Cantor who has probably opposed the federal recognition of the Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Pamunkey, Nansemond, Rhappahannock, and Monacan tribes even after they relinquinshed their rights for tribal gaming. I had a 25 minute yelling match with a Tom Coburn staffer in DC a year ago after that move. I also loved it when Jack Abramov played that Jewish/Native American similarities in struggle card as he ripped off the Louisiana Coushatta tribe. As a preacher's kid I can't really say which works better as a religious motivator.....guilt or greed.....neither one has appeared to work for indigenous peoples in the US, Canada, or Meso and South America and yet people continue to want forgiveness as they keep committing sins and not adjusting their colonial and imperialist behaviors.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

why don't you explain why you vote for Kansas republicans who ignore the Winters Doctrine from a 1908 US Supreme Court Case that by law should allow the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas to have Plum Creek dammed for drinking water? Why don't you realize that when you clown people with mascots your dimwit politicians don't take Native concerns seriously because they see cartoons and not people with legitimate issues which leads to the many clueless people on here with clueless comments?

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Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

Gee I thought Tuschies first post was actually pretty funny. Lighten up folks.

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hooligan01 1 year, 6 months ago

To all of those complaining about prejudice and injustice.... Boo Freakin Who.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr. Fillmore, I was remiss not to point out my admiration for your skills & craft. I echo the sentiments of Liberty275. Congratulations, sir.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

I am Choctaw and Biloxi Indian. The majority and uninformed comments here do not speak for many indigenous peoples whose cultures are more than duh dah duh dah duh sounds most sundays you lose at Arrowhead. I protested the Chiefs Redskins game a number of years ago and I saw drunk pretendians firsthand. Nothing funnier than seeing a drunk white guy in face paint seeing my fullblood Lakota Haskell professor friend pulling his child with braids though a parking area and realizing how much of a isubah ishkish he looks like. Ihkana chi keyu. nahollo ilbasha ahalabi haklo li. okla okpulo pisa li. talhepa tuchina api homma nittak anumpa. nahollo anumpa ut ahalabi laua. Chahta iskatinni anumpuli li. You don't represent us. You never will. You represent your imagined history where you aren't responsible for any actions whatsoever. I speak the Choctaw language. No one ever said me heap um big except uneducated prejudiced okla nahollo.

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Liberal 1 year, 6 months ago

And the truth of the matter is that the Kansas City Chiefs are not named after native americans anyway they are named after H.Roe Bartle (The Chief) of Kansas City.

Chief, Indian, brave are all English words, I am offended that native people choose to take words that are not even theirs and cry offense.

Now if I used the Chinook, word : "The Kansas City tyee" or maybe the Potawatomi : "the Kansas City ogama" Than maybe I would be offended.

Why do the people who were here first but certainly are not native, worry about words that are not even part of their language and in the case of the K.C. Chiefs have nothing to do with them?

I could care less if you call me a wasicu, it does not offend me and if you want to rename Haskell's team to the 'The Haskell Wasicu" go right ahead even put the image of a white man on the jersey...I could care less. Now I would say that what Cleveland had done at one time was offensive as it was a mockery of native people. Or maybe you want to call them the Haskell Pastyskins and you have a white rich guy in a suit as a logo...go ahead.

Drums are central to all cultures and people who call themselves Native Americans have no claim on them whats so ever. In fact it may be that drums are the one thing other than our humanity that all cultures have in common.

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Liberty275 1 year, 6 months ago

The man's work is wonderful and it seems he has some success with his art. Good for him.

I have problems with the teams name, and to some extent with how his work will be used, but I appreciates the artist's work. Kudos Mr Fillmore.

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UfoPilot 1 year, 6 months ago

I really could not care less if they're offended. If you want to be offended, be offended about something that matters. Six million children die of hunger every year.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 6 months ago

Tuschy & bull have valid points. I used to argue that Native Americans should feel honored to have teams represented by mascots such as Chiefs & Redskins & Braves. Then, I saw a video of a passionate Indian young lady reduced to tears by the concept of her culture & heritage reduced to the level of mascots. It saddened me to watch Lee Corso dancing around yesterday like a fool as he donned a (supposed) Seminole headdress while picking FSU to beat Clemson.

It is not my place nor yours to tell Native Americans what does & does not offend them.

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benofthebull 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Cy and thank you Kansas City Chiefs for continuing to make a mockery of native people everywhere! The year is 2012 and still we ask 'Injun people to beat um drum for white man's football.' God I hope this person beating the drum wears a headdress and dances around a fire. Native people continue shaking their heads at the ignorance of non-natives to Indian culture. Spoiler: you're not honoring anyone by making a drum and beating it wearing a headdress and dancing around a fire doing the tomahawk chop. I'm sure Cy could care less about Indian people as long as he gets paid. But if this guy has a great grandmother that was a Cherokee princess I'm sure it makes it ok right?

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Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

Nice to know the drum that leads to all of the drunk white people pretending to be Native comes from Baldwin. I need to create an oblivious mascot representing the intellect of america.....wait a minute.....Peter Griffin....wow....Seth McFarland beat me to it.......

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riverdrifter 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, good for Cyrus. As for the Chiefs, my family did the 6420 season ticket plan. We started out with 6 season tickets in 1970, Chiefs sucked for years, reduced to 4, Chiefs still sucked, reduced to two and then they got rediculously high-priced and still sucked. So, we went to zero 3 years ago. I'll listen to them lose on the radio. Bang a friggin' drum.

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