Detail of consultation & education services


Sunrise Drum, Inc has provided consultation to Native American and First Nations Canadian social & cultural service programs.  Also other institutions wanting to work with or include knowledge about indigenous issues. We have years of experience in Social Work, social service agency development work, language program development and education curricula. Incorporating Indigenous culture into programs to help them be responsive to community cultural and social needs is part of what we assist with.  This varies from community to community (or program to program) and is done in close partnership with the communities themselves so that diversity of needs are recognized and built on as strengths.   Individual and group workshops are also available including clinical social work counseling.

Paul-René Tamburro, PhD (Anthropology), MA (Linguistics), MSW, BSW (Social Work).   Sunrise Drum, Inc.
129 N West Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544.  219-781-8894. patamburro@comcast.net

About Us

Sunrise Drum, Inc.

   Sunrise Drum, Inc.  is a small S-Corp.(‘Wôbanipakholigan, Inc.’ in Abenaki) has two parts.  1)  Art, Antique  & Craft sales focused on Indigenous Peoples and  the artwork of Paul-René Tamburro .  2) Education, Anthropology & Social Work Consultation  by Drs. Paul-René  and Andrea Tamburro  including research and workshops  centered around a World View of the  Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island . 

   Our physical location is a large attached shop behind 129 N West ST. on Slicks Court.  Plenty of parking on the side. Best to call ahead as we are able to open at a moments notice usually - 219-781-8894.  We are  in downtown Mishawaka between the Hacienda Restaurant, Lincolnway and the River-walk . Slicks Court can be easily accessed off off Lincolnway by turning on Towle. 

Sunrise Drum Arts


Sunrise Drum Arts provides art & craft work,  materials such as beads and art made by Paul-René Tamburro including hand-wrought heirloom quality silver and copper, wood carving, stone carving, and other traditional artwork based on the Eastern Native American and Indigenous Cultures of Woodland Canada.  We also carry contemporary and antique Amerindian art, other antiques, baskets, porcupine quillwork, books and beadwork.   Our focus is the style of the eastern woodlands including both the Southeastern (reflecting Shawnee, Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek art traditions) and Northeastern (reflecting Wabanaki, Lenape, coastal Algonquian & Haudenosaunee /Iroquois art traditions).

Sunrise Drum Consultation: Education,Workshops & Social Services


Since 1985,  Sunrise Drum Consulting has provided assistance  to individuals, organizations, and communities in the areas of arts, social work, curriculum development, and educational programs.

We incorporate Indigenous knowledges and skills from within the communities we work with.  The emphasis is on the Indigenous peoples of North America (often known by various names such as, American Indian, Amerindian, Native American, Melungeon, First Nation, Métis and Aboriginal Canadian, among others).  


Education Curriculum Development


The development of curricula for universities, colleges and grade schools.  Both Paul-René and Andrea have developed curricula for distance education and face to face courses.

Both Paul-René and Andrea have demonstrated and performed in educational settings over the years.  During the 1980’s Paul-René was an Artist-in-residence for several years and Andrea was a performer & musician.   They have presented or delivered programs at colleges, camps, home schooling groups, parks and museums, primary and secondary schools.

Paul-René was a formal Artist-in-residence for K-12 and Higher Education in Woodland First Nation Art and Culture in New Hampshire when this program was at its height.  Also speaking on various topics related to Indigenous centric education and programs.  As part of this  he was mentored and apprenticed with other public school artists before his many contracts with schools, museum, parks and other education based organizations. (click to see the art section of this website).

Genealogy: Assistance with Native American Genealogical Research.


Genealogy for people with federal government recognition (USA) or status (Canada) have available to them extensive documentation from government sources that was required for their CDIB or Status numbers.

Many other people, especially those without official documentation with either governments have a much more difficult time putting together their Indigenous/ Native American/ Canadian genealogy.  This is true also for members of state recognized tribes (not part of the federal BIA) in the USA and many “mixed” groups such as non-status métis, Melungeon and descents of those whose ancestors avoided forced removals in the 19th century USA.

Many people considered “mixed blood” were not seen as eligible for removal or compensation in treaty negotiations.  

The federal governments worked very hard to keep the numbers low for who were official Indians as this would allow for less government expense in taking land and providing compensation.  Paul René combines official genealogy databases such as those found at Ancestry and public record searches with connections to historic narratives such as oral traditions.  Assisting families and individuals to develop group histories and document what they have for the future is part of this consultation.  The federal and state recognition process for groups attempting to gain official status requires this and Paul-René will help here.  Also, individuals and families may simply want to know more about their ancestors, this help is available also.

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 Paul-René has combined many studies in his life in the hopes of finding ways to sustain and support First Nations / Indigenous languages and cultures.  There are many people with Indigenous North American “blood”, tribal/ band enrollments, or DNA – but the languages and cultures are disappearing fast. For this reason, he has earned graduate degrees in anthropology, linguistics,  and social work. 

Paul-René taught full time at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC, Canada where he was hired to work on an initiative to “Aboriginalize” the content in their social work program.  From 1997 to 2000 Paul-René was Director of the Reservation Based/Community Determined Program at The Evergreen State College in Washington State.  In the early 1990s Paul-René taught in the Anthropology and Social Work Program at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation in Washington State. 

 Both Paul-René & Andrea have done work with federal & state recognized tribes as well as non-tribal based community organizations & communities such as urban Friendship Centres, Métis organizations, nonprofit organizations serving Native Americans, powwow and cultural committees, mixed tribal social / cultural groups and “mixed race” Native groups such as Melungeon and US based metis.   

Ph.D. & MA, 2006 & 2003, Anthropology. Indiana University.
MSW, 1990, Salem State College, Salem, MA. Focus: Child & Family Services.

MA, 1982.  Language and Linguistics, University of New Hampshire.

BA (BSW), 1980. Social Service, Minor, Sociology, University of New Hampshire (Durham). 

American Indian Studies, 1974-1975. Unity College, ME.  Community & Culture revitalization focus.

Andrea’s Background and Education for Consultation

Andrea lived most of her life in the Midwestern USA and has ancestors from the original peoples (First Nations) of the Ohio Valley region.  Her family passed on culture to her through family ways and values.  She also lived and worked at Thompson Rives University in Kamloops, BC Canada is a citizen of both the USA and Canada.

Andrea has had extensive leadership experience in both the Indigenous and non-Native settings. Andrea worked as education director for the Skokomish Indian Tribe, Multicultural Services Coordinator for a community mental health center and as a Family Services and Mental Health Specialist in Early Childhood Education Programs in Washington State.    Andrea has a master of Social Work degree (MSW) and a doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.  Currently she is director of the Bachelor of Social  

Work program at Indiana University  South Bend.  Her dissertation was a review of the accreditation standards in Canada for schools of Social Work that require Aboriginal/ First Nations content in their programs.


EdD, 2010. Educational Leadership. Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
MSW, 1979. University of Iowa. Focus: Social change, community, individual, group, and family work.
BA (BSW), 1972. Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Anderson University, Indiana.

Social Work & Indian Child Welfare

Paul-René and Andrea have provide consultation on the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) in both the 1990s and 2000s.   Some referrals have been through the National Indian Child Welfare Association based in Portland Oregon.

For more information on what the ICWA includes visit: http://www.nicwa.org/Indian_Child_Welfare_Act/
Consultation has involved work with establishing review boards to provide consultation on cases, court testimony, both tribal and municipal, work on Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) foster care and adoption standards and tribal and state government agencies (such as state Child Protection/ Family Service).

Cultural and Language Program Assistance

For Indigenous communities and organizations in both Canada and the USA.  Paul-René developed culturally-based higher education program for reservation communities integrating multiple topics including language and cultural continuation.

These programs draw on the  knowledge skills from both university slotsies learning and community based work with Indigenous elders.  Dr. Paul-René Tamburro has two graduate degrees in language and linguistics.  Paul René has worked with intensively work with the Western Abenaki Language.  During the 1990s he put together curricula for the first language endorsement at Makah and consulted in language revitalization with the Quinault Nation.  During the early 1980s he developed culturally sensitive English as a Second Language program resource guides for South East Asian refugees.

Donations help our social and educational services

In North America, especially the USA,  First Peoples have been mostly disappeared from news, public school curricula, social agencies policies and general awareness of most "Americans.  There is a great need for education. We are dedicated to improving knowledge about the Peoples of Turtle Island and providing services to individuals and groups in counseling, genealogy, cultural and language restoration.  Most of this is done free as many Indigenous persons often have limited resources.  We sell art in order keep doing this but it is just part of what is needed. Select the button above in the header to go to the page that describes some of the services we have been offering. Your contribution helps us make a difference.


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Basic fees for consultation and counseling


Hourly for individuals: $40-90 based on ability to pay

Couples or small groups families: $80

Small group including counseling, education and workshops (3 to 9 persons for 2 – 3 hours): $25/person

Large groups (10 to 19 persons for 2 -3 hours) - $15 /person

Larger groups (20 or more persons – same as education program rate – half day and full day)

Educational programs for Schools (K-12):

$200/ half day    &    $300/ full day

Mileage at 25 cents a mile after 40 miles from Mishawaka, Indiana.  (Negotiable)

$150 for single or double classes for one hour. (Mileage over applies). 

University / College / Corporation workshops, inservices & speaking:

Usual:  $500/day plus travel and lodging.

Negotiated: Circumstances and budgets vary greatly.  Please contact for other rates based on specific needs and circumstances.

Individual university / college classes and groups – negotiable.

Genealogy, including American Indian/Native American:

First hour free

Basic search after that - $30/hr.

Search involving locating hard to find documentation (beyond online data bases) $65/hr. (includes an outline report and simple chart of what is found)

Searches of social and cultural stories in writing and oral traditions within families: $35/hr. (includes an outline report of what is found) 

Reports – containing names and dates in charts: $45/page 

Reports with names, dates, political, narratives found and cultural relevant connections and socio/ cultural details: $45/page

NOTE: FEES and SCHEDULING based on North Central USA.  Travel is available to Canada, other parts of the USA and internationally as negotiated. 

Payment is available on line through PayPal and by VISA MC and Discover by contacting Sunrisedrum Inc. directly.