Rarely do we have the opportunity to hear objects in museums, most often we see them in casework and in frames. Played gently by Anchorage Museum Collection staff, a selection of rattles from the collection have been sonified to allow for listening. Listen to the sounds of these different rattles, recorded for this exhibition by Anchorage Museum staff.
James Schoppert rattles
These wooden mussel- and clam-shaped rattles, created by artist James Schoppert, resound with higher, sharper pitch tones when shaken. Though records do not indicate what is inside, local Indigenous scholar and musician Heidi Senungetuk suggests the contents of these rattles may be metal BBs.