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date: 27 January 2020

Po’pwiye [pò’owìyè, poewiye]locked

  • Mary Riemer-Weller
  • , revised by J. Richard Haefer


[pò’owìyè, poewiye]

Vessel rattle of the Tewa Indians of New Mexico. It is made by scraping the outside of a po (gourd) clean, removing the fibrous material from inside the gourd by shaking large pebbles in it (a job often done by children), boring a hole with an awl at both ends, inserting small pebbles from an anthill as rattle elements, and carving a cottonwood handle that extends through the two holes. The handle is fastened by a rawhide strap passing through a slit in its protruding upper end. A rawhide loop attached to the bottom of the handle serves for hanging the rattle when not in use. Shot pellets or corn kernels can be substituted as rattle elements. The rattle is used in the pogonshare (Corn Maiden or gourd dance) ceremony.

A. Garcia: ‘The Construction of Dance Instruments’, Music and Dance of the Twea Pueblos, ed. G.P. Kurath and A. Garcia...

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