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Our Rattles

Rattles connect birth and death – from the baby rattle to the “death rattle” that is heard from those crossing over the final passage. Rattles are one of the most ancient of musical instruments and occur naturally in such forms as dried gourds and  seed pods.  They are used in most all cultures, and are used to call in spirits, break up “stuck” energy and are associated with the west on the Medicine Wheel.  Rattles were used for healing and often they are used by shamans and students of shamanism for healing and journey work to help the healer go into trance state to connect with the spirit world, where they are guided or given advice on what to do to help those in need.  Of course, they are also great rhythm instruments.

Each rattle we make here is made with the same respect as are our drums.  We make the rattles with the scraps left over from the drums, and choose the thicker hides that are firm enough retain their shape. We fill the rattles with corn, a traditional material used in ancient rattles.

Cedar Mountain Drums Basic Elk, Deer, Moose, Horse & Buffalo Rawhide & Turtle Shell Rattles

Cedar Mountain Drums' Traditional Rattles are made of elk, horse, moose or buffalo rawhide, hand sewn with natural colored artificial sinew, filled with corn, and have found or sustainably harvested wooden handles.  They come in mini, small round, medium round, medium star, large round and large crescent moon sizes.  Additionally, we offer a basic turtle shell rattle.   

Fancy and One-of-a-Kind Shamanic Rattles from Cedar Mountain Drums
Our Fancy Rattles are decorated with beads, fur, leather, feathers and other natural items.  Any traditional rawhide or turtle rattle can be decorated.  Each one is unique.  If you don't see one you like, email us and we'll be glad to make one especially for you.  You will also find rattle sculptures and other creative types of rattle in this category.

Beautiful Hand Painted Rattles from Cedar Mountain Drums
We also
carry beautiful Hand Painted Rattles, decorated with beads, fur and leather.   You will find rattles by Rose Briseno and Mandi Riley, among others.Our Rattle Kits at Cedar Mountain Drums

Our Rattle Kits include pre-cut and punched rattle head, stick, stuffing and full instructions.  We provide corn in our kits, and many prefer to fill their rattles with special stones or material that make them uniquely their own. 



Deer, Elk, Moose and Buffalo products cannot be shipped outside the United States.

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Cedar Mountain Drums
2237 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon  97214

503-235-6345     877-34 DRUMS     fax:  503-230-0843