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Tango0112 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 Great In the TMP Dawghouse12 Sep 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

This isn't news to me.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 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.

Dan

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.

Dave

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

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

Dan

Tango0113 Sep 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!.

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