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Native American Church gourd rattle / Phil Dupoint


Gourd rattle constructed from Largensis sp. gourd attached to walnut handle that has been hand carved (checked). Handle is decorated with Peyote stitch (two drop method) beadwork in 18/0 glass beads. Twisted buckskin fringe is attached to the base of the handle. Removable tassel of orange saddle hackles is decorated with beadwork. - from TL file

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.

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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