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Pow Wow Drum

The very large Pow Wow drums are tons of fun to play with.  They make a big vibration that penetrates the body. Here’s a close up of one that is ready to dry.

 

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Making Native American Drums

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The process in a nutshell.

Finished Native American Shamanic Rattles

Finished rattles.

After a couple of days the funnest part of the project is putting in some seeds, black beans and popcorn, adding the handle, and decorating. Since the head is rawhide it can be affected by moisture so its a good idea to waterproof it with shellac, which also makes a good looking finish.

How to Make Native American Rattle Heads

Here’s a couple of pieces of buffalo skin cut out in the shape of the rattle head. They have soaked in water for several hours to soften.

Buffalo skin is very thick and tough. This piece measured 1/8 inch thick. Two layers together makes 1/4 inch to try and sew together. First punch holes with a tool and hammer to make that possible.

Its important that the holes are aligned. Clip the skins together.

Use the tools to punch the holes around the perimeter.

Make sure the tool goes all the way through both layers.

Whip stitch them together. This example uses hemp cord.

Fill it using a funnel and some play sand.

Pack as much sand as possible into it. You might be surprised how much you can get in there and you will get a better, rounder shape if you really work at it. I use the eraser end of a pencil and push it down in to pack the sand.

Keep working more sand into it and shape it how you like it.

Put the stick you will be using as the handle in and straighten it. It will dry tightly around the stick. You will be able to wiggle it out to pour the sand out and add seeds when you are ready to assemble the rattle.

Hang it to dry for 2 days. This helps hold the shape you want. If you don’t hang it the shape will flatten a little as it dries. I have put them into a paper cup about the same size to dry which works, but I prefer hanging it.

 

Been making more rattles.

Its been fun making Native American rattles. I am finding my groove. Fringe has always been one of my favorite things, and feathers. Some times I leave off the feathers though.

 

Native American Shaman Rattles

Shaman use rattles to chase away evil spirits, or in other words, to clear negative energy. A really fun thing about rattles in music making is that they are simple to play, so even the little ones can join in the fun.

Express your soul with Native American Flutes

Pick up one of these Native American flutes and you won’t want to put it down. Seriously. They are so much fun to play. You don’t even have to know how to read music to play beautiful tunes. In fact in the traditional method there is no written music to read. The music is what comes out of YOU.

Using your own creativity with a few techniques, some that you come up with yourself even, practically anybody can do it.