Original 19th Century Seneca Indian Snapping Turtle Rattle

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Dating to the late 19th century this is a dried and smoked shell, head, and neck of a common snapping turtle, with stretched neck that has been wrapped in leather. Inside the hollow body are cherry pits which create a rattling sound when shook. There is a wooden rod reinforcing turtle's neck, which is wrapped with leather, terminating with turtle's head. Approximate size: length 16 x width 7.

Snapping turtle rattles are often used in the Feather Dance, one of the Four Sacred Rituals in conclusion of the Mid-winter Ceremony.

Popular belief is that Shaman used these rattles in ceremonies and rituals, However, in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) ceremony and dance anyone can hold a rattle, men, women, or children. They were not just restricted to "shamans."

This is a wonderful totally authentic American Indian artifact, perfect to get you in the mood to watch Dances with Wolves. Ready to display, and shake.

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