Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Hand made rattle using a gourd, wood, feathers, string, and pebbles
10 inches / 25.4 cm tall (not including feathers)
Rattle or Aaya in Hopi is a musical instrument used in various ceremonies and often given to young children to play and learn with. ‘This rattle depicts two Rain clouds divided by a horizon line of rain. One side shows the rain cloud upon a light blue color; representing moisture, a life-giving source. the other side shows a rain cloud upon a green color background symbolizing plant life in a desert land. both sides have dragonfly designs above the rain clouds, messengers announcing the coming rains.
We include information on this rattle, Hopi culture, and a biography of the artist.