Rattles (2) consisting of hollowed gourds (6) assembled on a wooden posts. The gourds have a series of holes carved out of them. Four of the six sets of rattles have a rope attaching them to other sets. Rope is attached to both wooden poles.;The objects were originally obtained by Dr. and Mrs. H. Veazie Markham, medical missionaries of that church. The couple were appointed for life service to West Central Portuguese Africa (modern Angola) by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and they served there from 1927-1939. The objects were originally collected about 1930, and were exhibited at the East Congregational Church before being donated in 1948. However, dates of individual objects may vary widely.;Two of a group of five gourd rattles numbered 117340, and part of accession 4747.
Wood, Rope, Gourd
Gift Of East Congregational Church
Museum School - Gourds as Musical Instruments (2015) This music lesson will give students a true understanding of how gourds can be used as natural rattles, scrapers, resonators, or wind instruments. It is a hands-on experience and a true encounter with instruments from around the world made from natural materials.