According to some Indigenous Traditions, the original rattle was a gift from the spirits. Therefore, the object of the rattle is to invoke the spirits. Rattles have long been considered sacred objects, often symbolically painted to be employed in rituals, religious festivals, and by medicine men or shaman in healing rituals. The size, shape and ornamentation of rattles vary, depending on Tribe or individual maker.
This rattle has a hard wood handle wrapped in soft buckskin. The rawhide head is laced by hand. The ornamentation on this rattle, including brass tacks, arrowheads, medicine wheel, feathers, and trade beads, all carry cultural significance and meaning.
Handmade by Navajo artisans
Measures approximately 15"
Each rattle is individually handcrafted and will have slight variances in size, shape and color.