Made by a Hopi artisan in the early 1980s, this cattle horn and gourd rattle features the image of the fertility god Kokopelli playing his flute. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music, hence the flute.
Part of the scared rattle is painted in orange to designate the daylight, and the other part is painted the black of nighttime. Coyote fur (specifically used as both coyote and Kokopelli share the energy of the Divine Trickster) has been wrapped around the joint where horn meets gourd and tied off with a leather thong. Another strip of thin leather passes through a hole drilled at the top of the horn.
This gorgeous and unique ceremonial object would make for a wonderful addition to any collection of Native American artifacts as well as a great conversation piece. As it has been blessed, it may also be used in traditional Native American ceremonies.