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Sioux Artist

Rattle, late 19th c
Beads and quillwork on wood
47 x 2 x 2 in. (119.38 x 5.08 x 5.08 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, aniline dye, glass beads, and 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 integral 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.

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.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 47 x 2 x 2 in. (119.38 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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