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Title Blue Jay Rattle
Object Name Rattle, Ceremonial
Date 2005
Artist/Manufacturer/Creator Morgan Sohappy
Description Wooden rattle carved into the shape of a bird with wings folded back and tail extended. The bird's head is painted black, and the body is painted blue. The bird's tail is cylinder-shaped, and serves as the handle for holding the rattle. At the base of the handle, written in white paint, is the inscription "Morgan 05". Rattle is carved from Western Redceder wood.

This rattle was made by Morgan Sohappy, a member of the Muckleshoot Tribe, in 2005 when he was learning traditional woodcarving. In 2015, Sohappy is teaching language and woodcarving at the Muckleshoot Tribal College. Rattles of this type are used as a part of important religious and civil ceremonies.
Catalog Number 2015.0043.002