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Hopi Gourd Rattles Workshop

April 17, 2014

Branigan Cultural Center LogoMuseums provide visitors with information about objects and their history, but rarely give insight as to how these stories are discovered. The Branigan Cultural Center will give a hands-on workshop on Thursday, May 29 at 1 pm on the study of material culture through a set of Hopi gourd rattles from the Branigan collection.

In-Depth workshops introduce participants to objects from the museum’s permanent collections that are not slated for museum exhibition. In this workshop, aimed at adults, we will carefully examine two Hopi gourd rattles. Rattles are often used in Pueblo dances and feast days. These rattles come with very little documentation, but we will examine how they were made, the use of different materials and techniques, decoration style, and other culturally significant aspects of these objects. Come see for yourself what information can be contained in a single item. This program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at

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