This awesome Zuni Rattle was handmade and painted by the wonderful Gilbert Bowannie. It features thundercloud and corn designs on a beautiful sky blue background. The rattle is made of Gourd and the handle is made of cottonwood.
Gourd Rattles are traditionally used in ceremonial dances and part of religious ceremonies and celebrations. During the harvest celebrations, parents of young Zuni boys will request to have a Gourd rattle made for their son's. As a young boy, it is a huge honor to receive one.