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  • Mary Riemer-Weller


Suspension rattle of the Tewa Indians of New Mexico. The Tewa include the Pueblos of Santa Clara, San Juan, San Ildelfonso, Nambe, and Tesuque. The rattle consists of a hollowed turtle shell to which jingles made of deer hoofs or pig knuckles are attached by leather thongs drawn through holes in the upper shell. The rattle is tied just below a dancer’s right knee with a leather thong that passes through holes in the plastron. Sometimes straps of hawk bells are used as substitutes. It is worn by dancers in the ...

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