Rattles are one of the oldest percussion instruments in the world and are often made from hollowed-out gourds with beads, stones, or animal teeth, shaken inside. Originally from Congo, West Africa, these rhythmic rockers now play a major role in many Jamaican cultural celebrations. Rattles provide the background beat to singing and are commonly used during funerals to ensure a loved one’s safe departure.
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.