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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 1:08 p.m. PST

…. as Symbolic Musical Instruments.

"According to a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE, turtles served as more than tasty treats for Native American tribes throughout North America; in fact, turtle shells were used as rattles and other musical instruments.

Music is an important part of many cultures in ways we may not realize," said Dr. Tanya Peres, a researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University.

"Musical instruments have a deep ancient history in human society and are encoded with meanings beyond their sound making capabilities."…."


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rvandusen12 Sep 2018 2:27 p.m. PST

I recall being shown an Iroquois rattle made out of the shell of a snapping turtle. The rattle effect was the turtle's bones bouncing around inside the shell. I must have seen this in the primary school, mid-1970's

Cyrus the Great12 Sep 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

This isn't news to me.

Cacique Caribe12 Sep 2018 11:04 p.m. PST

Those in the picture look more like land tortoises.

And yes, I seen rattles and many other instruments made out of their shells.


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 6:02 a.m. PST

Southwestern indians used hollow gourds for rattles. And, every culture has used music for religious purposes as well as simple entertainment.


Cacique Caribe13 Sep 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

Perhaps they were also used as substitutes for the coconut bra!


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!.


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