Here is a charming Zuni gourd rattle handmade and painted by Gilbert Bowannie. The black, red, and white color scheme along with the star design make this a really fun piece. Four pointed star designs can be seen in many types of Zuni artwork.
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.