Bark rattles

now’s the time to make things with bark… the bark slips so nicely

when the sap begins to flow beneath the bark.

haudenasuane and wyandot/wendat peoples made rattles from hickory bark.

some say they pre-date the turtleshell rattles used today in ceremony.

the rough outer bark here was scraped away, the bark is folded

in half ,bound entirely with string,and a stick inserted to keep the opening round.

after several days the stick is removed with all the binding,stones inserted  a handle of blackjack oak

has been cut to fit in place tapering bell like so not to come loose inside the rattle. it is then sanded, tied with art. sinew and finished with true oil.


8 responses

  1. Lisa

    Nice work! Can’t wait to hear it.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

    • ske:noh Lisa,
      the bark rattle sounds a lot like the turtle shell rattle.
      great for practicing staosgowah.
      walking through the west 40 today ,wild strawberries are appearing,
      and very tasty too!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

  2. Very awsome! 🙂

    June 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

  3. cathy walker

    annii. Do you teach classes on how to make these? I have wanted to use this in ceremony for some time. Also, how do they hold up during sweat?

    February 17, 2014 at 4:43 am

    • I’d be glad to show you how they’re made. I do have some bark here we could soak down…or you could wait till hickory start putting out leaves
      and peel some to get it fresh? I’ve not used them in our sweats…we use old horn rattles. concerned the bark might soften and distort in the steam but really don’t know.

      February 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  4. cathy walker

    Migwetch for your quick reply… I guess I should ask…. what area do you live in to see if i can even attend a workshop. 🙂

    I LIVE in toronto but can make it to six nations if you are there. AND MIGWETCH OR NYEH WE FOR offering tovteach me. 🙂

    February 18, 2014 at 8:23 am

  5. cathy walker

    Shoot… i just realized…. i think you are in washington state. Thats too bad, we have a group of usvwho would love to learn too.

    February 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

  6. kweh cathy , actually i’m in Oklahoma 🙂
    if you’d like i can send a kind of step by step tutorial? if you have FaceBook it would be easier and i could share with more people that way . look me up: Richard Zane Smith

    February 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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