Turtle Medicine Rattle
This Large River Turtle shell and ancient Driftwood Apple handle are a marriage of strong medicine sound. The Handle is actually married (inside the shell) with a new day piece of Cherry wood that extends from the head of the Turtle and wrapped in sued leather for holding alternately with two hands. One on the handle and one on the front. The shell contains 11 Quartz points and 11 Pyrite stone nuggets, making a total of 22 percussion beads. The healing stone in the handle is a local brown Basalt, speckled with Crystals of Gypsum/Calcite and has been tumbled and smoothed by the lake. A Hand fashioned Copper plate sits at the back of the stone and is contoured to the stone. The hair at the end is Horse and is a gift from a local large animal rescue farm. The horse's name is Spit. A "diablo" of a horse, (so I am told). The ancient driftwood Apple handle has a weathered valley cut into it, making this one very unique rattle. This Medicine Rattle has a thunderous percussion sound and is somewhat heavier than the average rattle. Like all of my rattles, this construction is very high quality. All original openings on the shell have been covered with a piece of Deer sin that has been soaked, molded and fit. For each of the Four Winds and Race of people, the colors have been applied to the skin on these covers.