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Octogenarian Glenn Lewis renders a touching scene of dolphins swimming around a gourd rattle, entitled, "Dolphin Spirit Rattle"

  • Length: 7-inches, about 20-inches with decorations; 10-inch circumference
  • Decorations:
    • Lightning Wood and Copper beads
    • Soft bunched yarn with suede lacing handle
  • Three Hummingbird images painted around the rattle


Sold only in America.


About This Limited Edition Collection:


(Also learn more by watching the video on this page and/or by reading "Bob's Observations" in the column at right.)


This is the second quartet of handmade, hand-painted rattles offered for this exclusive limited collection. Others will be added in the future.


It didn't require much convincing when retired artist Glenn Lewis was presented with the opportunity to "un-retire" so he could paint a limited number of sacred gourd rattles. "I thought I had painted on about every possible medium available to me during the past 65-plus years," he said, "from countless canvases to huge murals, and on glass, brick, stucco, metal, wood, drywall, hundreds of Bob's special drums and more, but never on a sacred gourd rattle. I was honored and especially excited for an opportunity to interpret and express my deep appreciation of Spirit animals and the deeply moving language, sometimes encoded, that is transmitted by such meaningful beings and spiritual symbols."


Each of the rattles in this Collection is unique, a one-of-a-kind, impossible to duplicate. Each is beautifully shaped as it was when picked from the garden. Each is hand-painted by artist Glenn Lewis, and Bob decorates each too. This goes deeper than shape, paint or decoration however.


These rattles have their very own voices that result from the separation of the original seedpods within their very shells. Thus, the more one shakes a gourd like this, the more seeds separate and the more varied becomes the rattle's voice. Now that's one-of-a-kind for certain!

Dolphin Spirit Rattle

  • The Dolphin is all about high energy, keen senses and cooperation. This beautifully sleek animal can swim circles around most other sea creatures (for example a Killer Whale, who is a member of the dolphin family, can swim over 50 m.p.h. according to many sources), has an on-board underwater sonar system, and always helps provide ample food and care for its kind by joining in cooperative, coordinated hunts and gatherings.


    As totem animals, these beautiful creatures' physical traits are exemplified as spiritual powers equated with strength of spirit, robust health/healing, an unmatched keenness of listening, and a dedication to group betterment. The Dolphin also teaches by example and will take a good breath of air before diving deep into the complexities of navigating a long happy life of service and freedom. Aspiring to be a healer, you too need these attributes: good living, keen hearing/ sharp senses, and group empowerment through service.


    For sure, if you are drawn near to Dolphins during your shamanic journey time, I think it inevitable that one day you will be led to hear the Dolphin’s song. Perhaps the gentle voice of this Dolphin Spirit Rattle may provide the perfect accompaniment.


    Aho & Namaste,


  • This rattle can only be sold in America. A special $20 shipping charge has already been added to the price shown. This allows for the expense of wrapping, double boxing, packing and thus protecting this sacred rattle while in transit to U.S. customers.

    We do not have special boxes for shipping this rattle, so it will be secured in suitable boxes that may show one or another company logo or other identifying information on it. This does not mean that the company whose logo or other identifying information appearing on a box is an endorsement of or otherwise an acknowledgement of the box's contents. The Thunder Valley Drums name will appear on the shipping label however.


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