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Maker(s):Nequatewa, Edward
Culture:Native American; Hopi (b. unknown-d. unknown)
Title:Snake Dancer (Chusona) (?) Rattle
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Musical Instrument
Materials:gourd, cottonwood root, wood, feathers, paint
Place Made:United States; Shongopovi; Arizona; Second Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:12 3/4 x 11 x 6 3/4 in.; 32.385 x 27.94 x 17.145 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1985.38.20
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This rattle, either made for the tourist trade or for likely use during kachina ceremonies by a Snake Dancer, is made of a hollowed gourd that has been painted to resemble a Snake Dancer's head. Two pointed wooden "horns" are attached to the rattle. A painted black snake is portrayed horizontally across the rattle's turquoise face and horns. Carved eyes and painted teeth are also present. A feather headpiece is seen on the back of the head, accompanied by a small tuft of reddish feather. The handle of the rattle is made out of cottonwood root. AP2018

rattles; snakes

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