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Gourd rattle with beaded handle / Barry Belindo

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Every participant in a meeting would have their own rattle, but women may not be full members of the Native American Church. The men would sing while using their rattle, and one drummer (man) would play along. Rattles are private property. Most native groups use gourds for rattles, but they may also use turtle shells or other hollow vessels. Some groups carve rattles from wood or create basketry rattles. The top of the rattle may represent a symbolic Native American person. The rattle is sometimes believed to be one of the first musical instruments in existence, and rattles can have different sounds.

Tags: gourd, Rattle, beaded
People: Kiowa
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial use

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Barry Belindo (Artist)
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