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Gourd peyote rattle with trimmed lower edge decorated in eight v-notches / Unknown

Curatorial Remarks

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.

Tags: Peyote, gourd, Rattle
People: Cheyenne
Places: Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial use

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

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Title(s): 
Gourd peyote rattle with trimmed lower edge decorated in eight v-notches
Creator(s): 
Unknown
Culture: 
Native American; Cheyenne
Date: 
20th century
Materials/Techniques: 
gourd, wood, glass, hide, fur, feathers, horsehair, stone
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
84.2991
Department: 
Not On View

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