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Make a Red Gourd Shakere
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Make a “Snake” with Cowrie Shells Gourd Shekere

  1. Put an Image on the Gourd

  2. Drill the Cowrie Shell Beads

  3. Knot on Shell Beads (Noise makers)

  4. Cut Bottom Hole Add Knots, Perform Winter Solstice Rituals

  5. Add Feathers

  6. It Flies

Make an Gourd Rattle with Black Walnut Knockers

  1. Prepare Black Walnut Beads
  2. Preparing the Design, Cutting and Pyrography
  3. Coloring the Rattle
  4. Attaching the Walnuts
  5. Add the Feathers and Finish the Rattle

A Foraged Foxtail
 : How to Make a Gourd and Cowrie Shell Shekere - Kitty Motif :

kitty shekere - gourd with cowrie shells

One of my Rhythm Workers Union friends saw the parti-colored snake shekere with cowrie shells and loved it. She asked me to make her a shekere. I washed gourds, I puzzled gourds, and the first gourd I tried to make into a shekere for her broke so bad I had to abandon it. But I went back to the pile o' gourds and started again, this time with a “maranka” gourd. They are kind of warty with a long dipper handle.

mankara gourd - not yet cleaned
The Kitty Shaker
I've broken down making the kitty shaker into steps. Maybe you should try it. =)

You will need
one cured and cleaned mankara gourd (or other hard shelled gourd)
leather dye (brown)
hemp twine
money cowrie shells (or other noisemaking beads)
and tools:
a dremel tool
An exacto knife saw
beading pliers or hemostats
craft vise
woodburning (pyrography) tool

  1. Getting Nice Clean Gourds
, the first step in the Red Gourd project. Use your back arrow from there to return to this instruction list.

  1. Making Beads out of the Money Cowrie Shells
This step is detailed in the Snake Shakere, drilling holes in the money cowrie shells. Use your back arrow from there to return to this instruction list.

  1. Drawing the kitty face on the gourd with pyrography

If you need to look at the other gourd pages for pyrography - you can. The textture of the surface made it more difficult to follow a plan but had its benefit in making the crookedy whiskers.

  1. Adding Tiger Stripes: using leather dye on the gourd

The design is put onto the gourd using leather dye, it is treated with wax.

  1. Attach the Cowrie Shell Beads
Hemp beading twine with simple netting

All Finished

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