Native American Rattle Making

Native American Rattle Making   

Monday May 26th     2:00pm to 4:30pm   $40 includes all materials with Grandfather Rick McBride  

Choose to make 1 hafted rattle OR 5 mini rattles OR 2 palm rattles

Rattles are similar to drums in their use as musical and healing instruments and in that they call the spirits as they raise our energy and quickness of thought. Making a rattle is fun, and using a rattle can be for fun and social, as well as for healing. In this workshop you must choose to make 1 hafted rattle OR 5 mini rattles OR 2 palm rattles:

Hafted Rattle:

You will build one "hafted" rattle (a rattle with a shaft, or a handle). We will have all the materials you will need, including hafting dowel but you can bring your own hafting material, such as stick, antler section, bone etc., if you have something you would particularly like to use. You will be given some ideas on how to personalize your rattle and if you choose to dedicate your rattle to healing work, you will be encouraged to wake it up at the next drumming. We will be working with wet rawhide, so to help it dry faster, please bring a hair dryer if you have one.

Mini Rattles:

Minis are fun, make terrific gifts, and are easy to make. In this workshop the chamber halves are already cut; you just punch them for the lacing. You will get enough material to make five minis. The workshop is approximately 2 1/2 hours. Some people get all five done in that time, others need more time. Not to worry: you will be given enough material to finish out any remaining rattles at home.

Palm Rattles:

Palm rattles are chambers only, no hafting. These are handy to carry with you or keep in your car. When things get tough, reach for your rattle and just shake it off! Palm rattles also show up in ceremony.









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