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Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Men of the Dog Soldiers and other warrior societies carried stick rattles as part of their dance regalia. This one, ornamented with large white, blue, and black pony beads, is especially elaborate. The dewclaws (vestigial hooves) of an animal, either deer, pronghorn antelope, or buffalo, supply the rattle’s clacking sound, and the metal cones amplify the percussive rhythm. Plains warriors danced using these rattles both before going to war and upon their return to celebrate victory.

Rattle, Wood, native-tanned leather, glass beads, dewclaws, metal cones, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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