Dance Rattle (Book Three, Card 31)

In Native American history, rattles were an important component of everyday life and culture, and they were sometimes referred to as “shakers.” Shakers were utilized in spiritual rites to aid in the clearing of the mind during prayer and the keeping of the rhythm during song. Their use in ceremonies, both spiritual and secular, is widespread, and they are one of the most often encountered instruments.

To sustain the rhythm of tribal dances and ceremonies, rattles have been used all throughout the world for thousands of years. Native American rattles are thought to have originated thousands of years ago. A plentiful supply of leather was available to the Plains tribes, which they used to fashion a container for their rattles.