A Steer Horn Rattle

Steer Horn Rattle

I have always wondered, what type of music our ancient ancestors made. Sure; they had drums, rattles, clappers, Flutes as well as any number of inventive percussion instruments created from bone, wood antler, rocks and other materials. Then We received a CD from a musical ensemble based in Germany, that used original and painstakingly reconstructed musical instruments from the Palaeolithic = the Stone Age. The models for these instruments were archaeological finds from that time.

Here now is, how I envision one of these instruments to to look and sound like.

Materials used:

Steer Horn

Leg bone from Bear:

For the Ancients the Bear was worshipped as the Mother, the bringer of new life, the bearer of the young, with whom she emerged from the cave in spring foretelling renewal. She was also seen as the one who knows how to heal illness and wounds with herbs and honey (Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties and was used for wound dressing)

Bear is still seen today as the Bringer of healing by all indigenous Siberian Peoples and most all Native American nations.

I added belly fur from Wolf, because Wolf was an important Clan Guardian for the First People of Eurasia, standing for family values and survival through the long winters as well as for his skill in communication with his pack members. Wolf is a “Song Dog” and so was associated with songs and music. Just imagine a Wolf howling in one of the large caves in France and Spain, that were back then used as ritual rooms by the people. It was the time when the first Wolf pubs were raised and bread to accompany humans on hunts – the ancestors of our modern Dogs….

Fox Fur: Here we have another cunning “Song Dog” revered for its fur having the colour of the sun.

Deer leather, snippets from the clothing of the people.

The Feathers are Hawk – an Air Spirit with a distinct piercing call and

Trumpeter Swan, a regal Bird who would be hunted in the marshes and his feathers used to create warm feather quilts to be worn on rainy autumn days.

The Pictographs I added are

The Labyrinth – a symbol pointing to the brain with its ridges turning back and forth – place of meditation and of trance.

The Sun symbol from Pasparo Rock in the Camunica valley,

a Spiral of Life,

a Deer Everyone always says, the old rock art is created for the sole purpose of “hunting magic” – what doe these anthropologists understand hunting magic to be? Very few of them now dare to talk about shamanism….

Lastly I drew a Female figure from the same area, because I belief, that our women Ancestors had important roles to play in all aspects of daily life and in the music of the time, that accompanied ceremonies  and ritual workings.

I am planing to ad a copy of the CD in a decorated leather pouch to this instrument, so that its future owner may get a taste of what inspired me.

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 Here is a link to a site where one can ?? acquire/ listen to the CD:

https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=Knochenklang&es_th=1

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