- J. Richard Haefer
Cocoon rattles worn by Yoeme (Yaqui) Indian maso (deer dancers) and pahko′ola (pascolas) in Arizona and Northern Mexico. Saturniid moth cocoons, about 5 cm long by 3 cm in diameter, are filled with small pebbles and laced together in strings up to 200 cm long. The strings are wrapped spiral-fashion around the legs of the dancers from ankle to knee. The rustling sound of the rattles, arising from the intricate footwork of the dancers, evokes life in the desert and signifies to the moth that even though the larva is dead, his spirit is alive and his home occupied. The neighbouring Mayo Indians in Sonora use the variant name ...