Rattle (percussion instrument)
- Shac-Shac, as known in Trinidad, Dominica and the French Antilles.
- Maracas, widely used in Cha Cha Cha and jazz.
- The egg-shaped plastic chicken shake, filled with steel shot and available in varying tones depending on the size and quantity of shot.
- Folk instruments especially used in ceremonial dance.
- Toy rattles for infants.
Rattles have been used on many occasions. Native American people often use rattles in ceremonial dances. Often times, these rattles are meant to represent something. Each figure or depiction can relate to something sacred to their tribe. Often, the sound of rattles forms a connection to the supernatural world when the rattles are employed by shamans. The use of the raven rattle, like the one pictured to the right, always implies power, which when used in dances, symbolize the status of the chief, who has a hereditary right to use the rattle.
- Erich M. von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs, "Classification of Musical Instruments," Translated from the original German by Anthony Baines and Klaus P. Wachsmann, The Galpin Society Journal XIV (1961), 15-16, http://www.jstor.org/stable/842168.
- "Native American Rattles". Indians.org. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "Raven Rattle". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
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