This traditional Zuni ceremonial Gourd Rattle was handmade and painted by Gilbert Bowannie. One side of the rattle features a rain cloud design while the other side features a knife wing kachina. The knife wing kachina is thought to be one of the first Zuni war gods. He is half man half eagle spirit and has razor sharp wings.
Gourd Rattles are traditionally used in ceremonial dances and part of religious ceremonies and celebrations. During the harvest celebrations, they are used for the dances and then given out to the small boys in the tribe as gifts.