Rattle Horn Handmade

Rattle Horn Handmade

Rattle Horn Handmade

These Handmade Horn Rattles come from an Iroquois artisan.   They feature real Horn tops and handmade wood handles.  The artisan stains the handles but leaves the wood ends of the Rattle natural.  Each has a Deerskin Leather Lacing loop at the end.

Traditionally, Native Americans use Horn Rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. The Horn Rattle can also sometimes accompany the Water Drum.   You can strike a Horn Rattle against the palm of the hand, or shake it.  Native Americans did not use cow horn to make Rattles until after European contact. Prior to the introduction of cows, Natives of the Northeast had to use Bark, Gourd and Turtle Shell to make Rattles.

We offer three sizes:

  • Small Approx 6″ long
  • Medium Approx 9″ long
  • Large Approx 11″ long

These Rattles are individually made, so the stain colors and Deerskin Lacing colors will vary.  Please let us choose.  The Rattle size varies according to the length of the handle.

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Rattle Elm Vintage

Rattle Elm Vintage

Large Vintage Elm Bark Rattle

Traditional crafters make Elm Bark Rattles from folded and dried Elm Bark with a natural branch handle.  The crafter made this large Rattle Elm Vintage with a piece of natural corn cob for the handle.  It comes with a piece of brown Cowhide Leather Lacing.   One of a Kind!

Elm Bark Rattles are a traditional Native American instrument. Indigenous peoples of North America used them before contact with Europeans and still use them today.  Native American crafters regularly use Bark, Gourds, Cow Horn and Turtle Shells to make Rattles.

Native American Dancers use Rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. Musicians can hit Rattles against the palm of their hand, or shake them. Elm Bark Rattles are a traditional Native American instrument. Native peoples used them before contact with Europeans and still use them today.

This Rattle Elm Vintage measures about 13 inches long over all.  It measures about 6.5 inches wide across the top.  A previous owner used this rattle.  It is a little fragile, but you could use it.  It would make a fabulous addition to your collection. One of a Kind!

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Elm Bark Rattle

Elm Bark Rattle

Elm Bark Rattle

Traditional crafters made an Elm Bark Rattle from folded and dried Elm Bark with a natural branch handle.  Our crafter wraps Top Grain Deerskin Leather Lacing around the bark. He also laces Top Grain Deerskin Leather Lacing through the handle.

Native American Dancers use Rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. Musicians can hit Rattles against the palm of their hand, or shake them. Elm Bark Rattles are a traditional Native American instrument. Native peoples used them before contact with Europeans and still use them today.

This item is only available once per year,  stock is limited!

Choose from three sizes.

  • Small (Rattle head is approx. 3″-4″ total length 5″-7″ long)
  • Medium (Rattle head is 4″-8″approx.  total length is 9″-10″ long)
  • Large     (Rattle head is 7″-8″ approx. total length 11″-14″ long)

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Rattle Elm Bark

Rattle Elm Bark

Iroquois Style Elm Bark Rattle

Use this Rattle Elm Bark at your next event, or add it to your collection!  The crafter made this small rattle with a wood handle.  He wrapped the bottom with a bark strip whose end goes inside the rattle.   The rattle measures 7.75 inches long overalll.  We got it from a collection.  It is in good, usable condition. One of a Kind!

Traditional crafters make  these type of rattles from the folded and dried bark of an elm tree.  They use a natural branch handle.   Native American Dancers use rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. Musicians can hit them against the palm of their hand, or shake them.  These rattles are a traditional Native American instrument. Native peoples used them before contact with Europeans and still use them today.

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Rattle Antique Gourd

Rattle Antique Gourd

Antique Round Gourd Rattle with Carved Handle

Make this Rattle Antique Gourd the centerpiece of your collection.  The crafter used a round gourd to make the rattle.  He or she attached a wood handle to the bottom.  Then the crafter carved some cross-hatch designs on one side of the handle and carved out a hole for a hanging loop.  You will see a bit of a leather lacing strap remains in the hole in the handle.  The handle extends through the gourd.  A small wood peg passes through a hole at the top to fasten it.  The patina on this rattle is very good.  We recommend using for display only, due to its age.  One of a Kind!

Native American Rattles

Native American gourd rattles are traditional musical instruments used by various Indigenous tribes across North America.  Crafters make them from dried gourds, which the makers typically grow and harvest themselves.  Crafters can add decorative designs, such as beadwork, paint, or carving to the gourd itself or the handles. Native Americans use these rattles in ceremonies, dances, and other cultural and spiritual practices.  In the pre-contact period, Native Americans used bark, gourds and turtle shells to make their rattles.

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Rattle Sweetgrass and Birchbark

Rattle Sweetgrass and Birchbark

Handmade Sweetgrass Rattle with Quilled Birchbark Top

Don’t miss this handmade Rattle Sweetgrass and Birchbark!  The crafter used a natural branch for the handle.  He wound blades of Sweetgrass to create the main part of the rattle.  At the top he attached a piece of natural Birchbark.  On this he created a star design with Purple and White Porcupine Quills.  The Rattle measures about 11 inches long overall.  The flat top measures 2.5 inches in diameter with a 1.5 inch wide quilled design.  Quillwork colors vary.

Rattles are a traditional Native American instrument.  Native American crafters regularly use Bark, Gourds and Turtle Shells to make Rattles.  They use bark from the White Birch and Sweetgrass to make baskets.  Or in this case a unique rattle!   To create quillwork designs, they gather and dye American Porcupine Quills.  After they soak and flatten them, they carefully attach them to Birchbark to create botanical and geometric designs.  Porcupine Quillwork is a classic Native American craft.

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Rattle Painted Face Gourd

Painted Face Gourd Rattle.

Rattle Painted Face Gourd

This handmade Painted Face Gourd Rattle has a corn dancer design. The rounded red ears have a white triangle in the center. The square black eyes are layered on top of red and white striped face. The circular mouth is red with a turquoise front with a black center. The top of the rattle had feathers but they are no longer attached.

The rattle measures 7.5 inches tall and  the turquois rattle measures approx. 3inches in diameter not including the one inch ears on both sides. The black handle is 5 inches long with a string attached to the end.

One of a Kind!

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Rattle Painted Geometric

Rattle Painted Geometric

Rattle Painted Geometric

This Southwestern style handmade Geometric Painted Hand Rattle is made from a gourd. The gourd was painted turquois with black and white geometric patterns around the side, front and back. The rattle measures 11 inches tall and  the turquois rattle measures approx. 5.5 inches in diameter. The white handle is 4.5 inches long with a string attached to the end.

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How to Make Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles

How to Make Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles

How to Make Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles

Primitive Percussion Instruments for Modern Use. By Bernard S. Mason. 206 pgs. Softcover.

How to Make Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles: Primitive Percussion Instruments for Modern Use is a reprint of the 1938 edition.

How to Make Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles is a guidebook that includes instructions for how to make a variety of drums. You can use everyday materials like flower pots, coffee cans, buckets, etc.  How to Make Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles also has instructions for making drumsticks and rattles.

ISBN 0486218899

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Drum & Rattle Making

Drum & Rattle Making

Drum & Rattle Making

By Tom Porter for Native North American Travelling College. 10 pgs. Softcover.

Drum & Rattle Making provides instructions for making a traditional Water Drum. It includes tips for preventing cracking and splitting.  It also offers instructions for making a Horn Rattle.  The instructions are written in a conversational style. You will find a list of Social Songs at the end with notes on which instruments accompany them.

Black & White illustrations.

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Deer Toe Leg Rattles

Deer Toe Leg Rattles

Deer Toe Leg Rattles

We make our Classic Deer Toe Leg Rattles with real Deer Toes. We attach them to Top Grain Deerskin Leather and accent them with Glass Crow Beads. You will find these Deer Toe Leg Rattles perfect for Traditional Dancers.  They tie them to their legs just below the knee.

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We sell these in pairs.

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12th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow

12th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow

Rising like the Water

Standing with Standing Rock and All Water Protectors

August 12th & August 13th  10 am to 5pm both days

Uniting in the true spirit of humankind our intertribal pow wow is a unique celebration and sharing of Native culture through traditional songs, dances and artTraditionally pow wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew, strengthen and share their rich culture. Our pow wow features authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Native Americans ranging in age from toddlers to elders will dance in several different styles including fancy, traditional, grass and jingle dress wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Well-loved drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment for the dancers.

A variety of American Indian culture is expressed through award winning vendor exhibits of arts, crafts, demonstrations, music, contemporary and traditional foods.  Every year our pow wow honors veterans, and shares an indigenous perspective on sustainable living and community. Local not for profit activist organizations will also be represented. 

For the eleventh year, Aaron Athey of the Mohegan Nation is our Master of Ceremonies. Our Head Man Dancer is Urie RidgewayNanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, and  Corey Jackson is our Head Lady Dancer, Nanticoke Indians, Millsboro, Delaware. Our Host Drum is Rez Dogs, a Northern Drum from Indian Island Maine and our Honor Drum is Red Blanket Singers, Intertribal Southern Drum   And back by popular demand, The Aztec Dancers will also perform in the pow wow circle.

Grand Entry is 1:00 pm both days.

Special Honorings – Our special veteran’s honoring and presentation during the Grand Entry on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm is one of the highlights of the pow wow.  All veterans and their families are welcome to participate.

Pow Wow One Day Admission:

Adults – $10.00

Seniors 65+ and Youth 11-17 – $5.00

Children 10 and under – $1.00

Saturday, August 12, 10am – 7pm, Grand Entry: 1:00pm

Sunday, August 13, 10am – 6pm, Grand Entry: 1:00pm

Come Stomp, Dance, Sing and Shake Your Tail Feathers

It’s Pow Wow time again! After twelve years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family!

For two exiting days, Great Barrington, MA will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their indigenous ways. The 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held at the beautiful Great Barrington Fairgrounds

Location:    Great Barrington Fairgrounds,  684 South Main Street  Great Barrington MA

For more information please contact Susan Jameson at 802-753-6835 or Fidel Moreno, 832-777-8081humanityinconcert@earthlink.net

Traditionally Yours – CD Michael R Denny Mi’kmaq Drums/Young & Old

Traditionally Yours - CD Michael R Denny Mi'kmaq Drums/Young & Old

Music CD Split Ash Rattle Social Dance Songs

Traditionally Yours – CD Michael R Denny Mi’kmaq Drums/Young & Old

Traditionally Yours by Stoney Bear’s Michael R Denny features historical Ko’Jua social dance songs.  He plays these songs with a split Ash Rattle.  He has also composed some new contemporary Powwow Songs.

Song list:

  1. Bring Your Younger Sister – JUKWA’LUK  KWE’JI’JUWOW
  2. Water – KO’JUA  SAMQWAN
  3. Brook – KO’JUA SIPU’JI’J
  4. Little White Footed Dog – WAPIKATJI’J
  5. In the Mountains – KO’JUA KMTNIKTUK
  6. In the Forest – KO’JUA NIPUKTUK
  7. Go After Them, Stand Your Ground – AJINE’ WAR SONG
  8. Stars – KO’JUA KLOQWEJK
  9. Welcoming Song – I’KO’
  10. Eskasoni – KO’JUA WE’KWISTOQNIK
  11. Treaty Song “Feast Song”
  12. Mi’Kmaq Crow Hop
  13. Sacred Ground
  14. Victory Song Ajine
  15. Children’s Song

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Turtle Shell

Turtle Shell

Red Ear Turtle Shell

Native Americans have used natural Turtle Shells to make Rattles and Bags.  Sometimes they use them as decorative elements on other craft projects.

Northeastern North Americans have a creation story that posits the Earth being placed on the back of a giant Turtle. Thus we get the name ‘Turtle Island’.

We offer shells from Red Ear Turtles.  Use one to make your own bag, rattle or other shell items.

Choose from 6″ – 8″ or 4″ – 5″.

This is a natural product, so expect variations.

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Songs & Dances of the Eastern Indians

Songs & Dances of the Eastern Indians

Music CD Songs & Dances of the Eastern Indians

Songs & Dances of the Eastern Indians From Medicine Spring & Allegany features traditional songs that were recorded at  non-ceremonial performances. These songs demonstrate similarities between Native Americans from two distinct regions.

Musical instruments include a crockery water drum, coconut-shell hand rattle, and terrapin-shell leg rattles worn by the women dancers.

Song List:

  1. Long Dance/Stomp Dance
  2. Doublehead Dance-Stomp Dance
  3. Bean Dance
  4. Shake the Bush Dance
  5. Rabbit Dance
  6. Corn Dance
  7. Pigeon Dance

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Katsina Clown

Katsina Clown

Kachina Clown Figurine

This Katsina Clown figure is ready to join your collection.  The artist carved it from wood. The Clown plays tricks and satirizes Hopi life by acting out and exaggerating improper behavior.  His mask features plant fiber tassels.  He holds a drum in one hand and a rattle in the other.  He wears a black and white striped outfit and boot style moccasins.  The artists signed the bottom D-29 Koshare.

Katsinas (or Kachinas) are supernatural beings in the Pueblo Indian traditions. The Pueblo tribes create Katsina dolls to give to children. Children use them to learn about the various Katsinas and not to play with.  This Clown Katsina stands just about 12″ high.  This figure came from a collection so you will see slight signs of wear.  One of a Kind!

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Katsina Blue Lightning

Katsina Blue Lightning

Blue Lightning Kachina carving

This Blue Lightning Katsina features lightning marks on his face.  The artist carved it from cottonwood.  The Katsina wears a red top with a red sash, green armbands and navy blue wrist bands. A painted yellow feather hangs from the back of his white kilt. He wears navy blue garters over his  boot style moccasins.  His mask includes a fluffy green collar, protruding ears with shell earrings and a furry top.  He holds a rattle and a lightning stick. The figure comes with a tag that says “HOPI VILLAGES 2nd MESA ARIZONA” on one side and “BLUE LIGHTNING KACHINA J- PXX” on the other.

Katsinas (or Kachinas) are supernatural beings in the Pueblo Indian traditions. The Pueblo tribes create Katsina dolls to give to children. Children use them to learn about the various Katsinas and not to play with.  This Katsina stands about 7.5″ high.  This figure came from a collection and you will see places where the paint has come off.  The lightning stick has broken and been repaired and reattached.  One of a Kind!

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Deer and Bison Toes

Deer and Bison Toes

Deer and Bison Toes

We have Deer and Bison Toes for your craft and regalia projects! Use them to make your own Deer Toe Leg Rattles or to add to Dance Sticks. We sell our Deer and Bison Toes undrilled.

Deer and Bison Toes are natural products and will vary in size, shape and coloration.
Choose from:

  • Deer Toes (approx. 2″)
  • Deer Dew Claws (approx. 1″)
  • Bison Toes (approx. 3″)
  • Bison Dew Claws (approx. 1.25″)

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Rawhide by the Square Foot

Rawhide by the Square Foot

Rawhide by the Square Foot

Use stiff Rawhide for a variety of craft projects such as Drums, Parfleches and Rattles! We also offer pre-cut Rawhide Lacing for you to use for lacing drum heads.  When you order Rawhide for Drums, order it at least 4″ larger so you will have an overlap to accommodate the diameter of your drum frame.  (If you are making a drum, please contact us)

Cow Rawhide is the stiffest and strongest type of rawhide. We also offer Whole Hide in  Deer Rawhide  

Please note the price is per square foot, please use the quantity box to indicate how many square feet you require.  Maximum size you can order is 2 ft x 3 ft piece ( totals 6 sq ft)

A description of your project will help us cut the appropriate length and width for you.

An additional shipping charge will apply to orders of 10 square feet or more. Please call for details.

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Rawhide Whole Side

Rawhide Whole Hide

Rawhide Whole Side

Whole uncut Rawhide provides lots of material to work with. Use it to make Drums, Parfleches and Rattles! We also offer pre-cut Rawhide Lacing you can use for lacing drum heads.  You can also buy Rawhide by the Square Foot.

Cow Rawhide measures approx 40 sq feet per hide.  Cow Rawhide is the stiffest and strongest type of rawhide. Deer rawhide (approx. 8 sq feet). These are thinner and more supple so you will find them easier to work with when you are making drum heads.  We occasionally have Bison sides they vary in size see below for sizes.

Choose from Cow, Elk or Deer.

When you order Rawhide for Drums, order it at least 4″ larger so you will have an overlap to accommodate the diameter of your drum frame.

 

An additional shipping charge will apply to whole hides. This charge will not appear in the shopping cart. We will contact you with the charges or call us for details.

Katsina Mud Large

Katsina Mud Large

Large Mudhead Katchina Figurine

This Katsina Mud Large figure is ready to join your collection.  Mudhead is a questioner who goes between Katsinas and humans. The artist carved the figure from wood. His mask features knobs for the eyes, mouth and ears along with knobs on the top and back of his head. He comes with small brown and yellow feathers attached to the knobs on his ears, top and the back of his head.  The dark red paint represents the red clay that covers his head.  He wears a red neckerchief and a black kilt with red and green stripes.

In addition, he wears a simulated silver and turquoise belt and black leg bands.  On his left wrist he wears a simulated silver & turquoise bracelet. His right wrist is wrapped with blue yarn. Blue paint on one finger of each hand represents a turquoise ring.  In this figure, he holds a gourd rattle in one hand and a bundle of reeds in the other. He is barefoot.  This figure will stand on its own.

Katsinas (or Kachinas) are supernatural beings in the Pueblo Indian traditions. The Pueblo tribes create Katsina dolls to give to children. Children use them to learn about the various Katsinas and not to play with.  This Katsina Mud Large stands just about 20.5 inches high and has a 12 inch arm span.  This figure came from a collection so you will see slight signs of wear. It looks like one of his feet cracked and someone repaired it. You will find this figure very well painted and in good condition.  One of a Kind!

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Bison Horns

Bison Horns

Natural Bison Horns

These natural Bison Horns will make very large Powder Horns. Cut the horn and use it to make a Horn Roach Spreader. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

These horns are natural black. They come minimally cleaned. Choose:

  • Cleaned and Scraped Approx 8″ – 10″ long with a 4″ diameter opening
  • Cleaned and left rough  Approx 11″ long with a 4″ diameter opening

We sell these Horns individually. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

We also sell Bison Toes!

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Steer Horn Unpolished

Our unpolished Steer Horns (Cow Horns) could  make great Powder Horns. You can also use them to make  Horn Rattles and more.

The colors range from off-white to black or brown. We sell our Steer Horns individually. If you order two, we will do our best to match them as a pair. Each horn is slightly different in shape, color and marbling. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

These Steer horns unpolished  vary in length starting at about 14″ to 18″  the opening of the horns are about 2.5 to 3″.

Un-worked cattle horn have  a dull surface, however after sanding and polishing the horn takes on a smooth glossy appearance, it is only at this stage that it’s true coloration will appear.

Looking for polished horns you can find them here!

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Polished Steer Horns

Polished Steer Horns

Polished Steer Horns

Our Polished Steer Horns (Cow Horns) will make great Powder Horns. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

The colors range from off-white to black. We sell our Steer Horns individually. If you order two, we will do our best to match them as a pair.  These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

Small Steer Horns measure between 5″-8″ long.

Large Steer Horns measure between 8″-12″ long.

We also sell ready to use Powder Horns with a Leather Strap.