Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

Plains Culture

Showing 3 of 8

This object does not have an image.

Zoomable Image

Sioux Artist

Rattle, n.d.
Beads and quillwork on wood
17 5/16 in. (44 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, South Dakota
Technique: Woodworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P0370
Wooden shaft completely covered with beadwork stripes. In the middle, a tin can covered with bright quillwork, bells, ribbons, and down. Rectangular quillwork band hangs from bottom.

Leather, tin, porcupine quills, analine dye, glass beads, silk ribbon.

The rattle pictured here is a tour de force of Plains quillwork technique. THe sound box is covered with two-thread stitching on leather; surface variation is produced by using two and four quills for separate bands. Two-thread sewing is also found on the long appendages in addition to quill-wrapped rawhide strips and fringe. Music is an integeral part of native American secular and religious life, and instruments such as the drum, rattle, and resonator are important accompaniments to song and dance. The use of a baking powder can for the rattle's sound box reveals the native American's dependency on government rations during the deprivations of the Reservation period.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 21 (illustrated/bw) fig. 23.

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is "Plains Culture" and [Object]Century is "19th/20th c" and [Object]Object Type is "Musical Instruments".

The content on this website is subject to change as collection records are researched and refined and may be subject to copyright restrictions.
For further inquiries, contact Associate Director/Registrar Steve Comba at