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Choosing Native American Rattles For Chic Country Interior Design

Mar 12, 2008
Do you love Native American Rattles and other Indian musical instruments? Rattles are excellent Native American icons representing Indian people and their unique customs. They are also among the most used musical instruments for playing in powwows and other ceremonies throughout most Indian tribes. Rattles, for many generations and for many groups of American Indians, have always played a large part in the spiritual connection with the creator as well as for use in social gatherings.

As you research the interesting history of American Indians and their use of Native American rattles, you will find that they play an important role among the Indigenous people and are essential to the tribal rituals in which they are used. It is said that they symbolize the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms. The animal kingdom is exemplified in the form of the container or decorative feather of the rattle. The mineral kingdom is represented by the stones that create the sound or also by the paint used for the artwork painted on the rattle. And, the plant kingdom is symbolized by the handle.

When studying the uses of Native American rattles and how they are played, you will learn that almost every tribe and Indian culture including the Navajo culture, play rattles in their ceremonial rituals. Among the many variations of Indian rattles, along with the highly sought-after gourd rattles and turtle shell rattles, the simple rawhide rattle is the most common in Native American culture. The images, such as the Navajo bear or Navajo eagle, used in the artwork placed on the rattles, vary with each tribe. You will find it intriguing that the different tribes including the Cherokee, Navajo, Apache, Pueblo, Zuni and Hopi, can all be distinguished by the variations of the beautiful art work on their hand crafts. Something these tribes do have in common is that they all play rattles in the many ceremonial rituals and in music, dance, medicine and spirituality.

The Native rattles are really very exquisite and are fashioned using a number of natural materials such as turtle shell, leather, rawhide, bead work and Native American feathers. Fur, fringe, seeds, rocks, antlers, horns, bones and shells are used to give it that unique native style. Clay beads, blue corn, manzanita seeds or small smooth rocks such as those found near the mouth of an ant hill, are also sometimes placed in the rattles to create the unique sound.

Native culture has always used music, songs, stories and legends to communicate their cultural beliefs and customs to each other and to those around them. It is in harmony with these ways of learning that rattles have come to be a significant aspect in the ritualistic ceremonies of the Indian people.

That is the reason there is nothing more exciting than owning genuine Indian musical instruments and hand crafts. You can easily buy Native rattles online and sometimes in stores that sell southwestern home decorating items. If you are intrigued by authentic Indian musical instruments, or are searching for the perfect instrument to use in your drumming circles or powwows, you will definitely enjoy the wonderful sound of Native American rattles.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is the director of Mission Del Rey and offers free information online about choosing Native American rattles for rustic decorating and playing purposes. For more information visit http://www.missiondelrey.com
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