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Who Do You Know?

Make a list of everyone you know including both women and men. The memory of one person will often spark the memory of others. It doesn’t matter how well you know them, or how long its has been, place no judgement for this list, its a rough draft. Listing will be ongoing because you will continue to think of more once you start. Just write them down.

Here’s some ideas to help you get started:

Family: (sisters, brothers, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, nephews, etc.)

Friends: (old friends you havent seen in a while, new friends, people you like)

Work: (think about every place you have worked, different groups of people at work, engineers, scientists, secretaries, planners, clerical workers, nurses, repairmen )

School: (the ones you attended, your kids attended, all of them)

Teachers, Musicians, Artists, Fire fighters, Tellers, who does what?

Volunteer work you have done, who else helped?

Church: (think about the various church organizations you have worked in, people who belong to other churches, etc.)

Neighbors: (where have you lived)

People who have moved away:

Sports: (team mates, coaches, other parents you waited with for your kid’s games, etc.)

Club members: (what groups have you participated in? Do you belong to a gym? Rotary club? etc.)

Think about your hobbies, who do you know that does the same things?

Friendship lists:

Names will continue to pop into your head, write them down. You may be pleasantly surprised at just how many people you do know.

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Native American Hand Drum

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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.

 

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.