March 20th, 2009

This object is an instrument used by the Sioux in the Great Plains Area. This instrument is called a Chegah-Skah-Hdah, otherwise known as a rattle. Music was very important for Indians in the Great Plains. Music was used for dancing and celebration. This instrument also symbolizes the Indians relationships with the white men. The metal that is used for this instrument was obtained by trading with the white men.

The maker of this instrument is unknown. It was probably used by male Indians in the Great Plains. This instrument was made during the 19th century in the Great Plains region.

The rattle is made of wood, metal, and leather. The handle of the rattle is made out of wood. The metal is used to create sound. The leather connects the metal to the wooden handle. These metal “bells” are also found on dresses of women. Women usually wore these dresses while they were dancing.

This object is currently housed in The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments in the Metropolitian Museum of Art. The Crosby Brown Collection is a collection of 266 instruments given to the museum in 1889 by Mrs. John Crosby Brown.

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