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Rain Stick


By: Omar (student)

It is a long, hollow tube partially filled with small pebbles, rice or beans that has small pins or thorns arranged helically on its inside surface. 
When the stick is upended, the pebbles fall to the other end of the tube, bouncing off the internal protrusions to create a sound reminiscent of falling rain. 
The rain stick is believed to have been invented by the Mapuche and was played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. 
The purpose of the rain stick was for religious ceremony, the purpose is to draw life-sustaining hydration from the heavens. Definition of helically pertaining to or having the form of a helix;
ArtifactRain StickCollectionAfrica RoomThe African American Museumat the England ManorShare