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Native American Rattle Making    

with Grandfather Rick McBride 

 

Sunday December 7th    1:30pm to 4:30pm   

$40 includes all materials  

 

 Native American rattle

 

Rattles are similar to drums in their use as musical and healing instruments and in 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 pearlrauberts@hotmail.com 

 

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 

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