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“The rattle(sesekwan) has a spirit of its own. The rattle mimics the swishing sound of the water in the womb; this, along with the heartbeat of mama, is the first song the little one hears. The rattle also calls the spirit to come forth in song and ceremony.”

~ Dr. Darlene P. Auger

We are honored to have Jessie and her beautiful family members show us how to make a rattle: the connector to the land and spirituality. Jessie is a Dene-Cree Mother of four and a Frog Hollow Neighbourhood staff member who enjoys sharing her knowledge.

Here’s what you will need:

  1. Deer hide
  2. Pebbles, red willow seeds, or any seeds, sands, sugar and etc.
  3. Wooden sticks
  4. Scissors
  5. A hole-puncher
  6. Pencils
  7. Paper clips
  8. A roll of artificial sinew

Watch the How To Make A Rawhide Rattle with Jessie Seegerts video and follow along to make your very own rattle. Once you’ve finished we would love to see all of your beautiful creations! Feel free to share your ideas and inspirations for your rattles here, on our Frog Hollow Facebook page or leave a comment on our Frog Hollow Youtube channel.

Learn more about Jessie Seegerts.

Learn more about the Heritage Project.

Learn more about Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.

Hych’ka (Thank you)

SENĆOŦEN and Hul’q’umi’num’ Words (Coast Salish Languages)


Published by Kyra Dawson

Kyra Dawson is an author, writer, creator of worlds and characters, and a weaver of fantasy stories. Some stories are here, some are there, and then there are others that are very far away and not here at all.

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