Shell Shakers: Stomp Dance Rhythm Makers

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 9th, 2014 Last Updated on: July 9th, 2014

Turtle shell shakers are used in traditional stomp dances, worn on the legs of Chickasaw women. Today they are either made with turtle shells or cans that are often embellished with turtle shapes — signifying an abiding respect for animals and the gifts they give to humans.

If you ever find yourself in Oklahoma, make sure you stop by the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK. You can see (and join) stomp dances daily at the Chickasaw Cultural Center beginning at 11 am. Please visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center website for more information.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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