Native American Rattle Making
with Grandfather Rick McBride
Sunday December 7th 1:30pm to
$40 includes all materials
Rattles are similar to drums in their use as musical and healing instruments and
that they call the spirits as they raise our energy and quickness of thought. Making a rattle is fun, and
using a rattle can be for fun and social, as well as for healing.
In this workshop you will build one "hafted" rattle (a
rattle with a shaft, or a handle). We will have all the materials
you will need, including hafting dowel but you can bring your own hafting material, such as stick, antler
section, bone etc., if you have something you would particularly like to use. You will be given
some ideas on how to personalize your rattle and if you choose to dedicate your rattle to healing work, you will
be encouraged to wake it up at the next drumming. We will be working with wet rawhide, so to help it dry faster,
please bring a hair dryer if you have one.
Please register ahead of time: call 561-333-3372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red
Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance
chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead
ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth.
He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn
from the wisdom of Indian Country. Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony
render practical guidance to everyday living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of
indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years
of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as ceremonial leader to get to this
place in his life.
For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info