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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.
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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