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Lesson Plans

Re: Another Rainstick idea

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DaynaB62 (DaynaB62)
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 14:35:46 EDT


Traditional rainsticks have been made from (old) and dried copado cactus,
which is called normata, from the deserts of South America, Southwest US,
Africa, etc...... the hollow tubes are used with cactus spines to make the
inside matrix, and pebbles are used for the musical sound for the "rain
ceremonies." Some are made from wood and bamboo as well.

For the fillings, I gave my students a choice of what they thought best:
Rice, beans, birdseed, fishtank gravel, or a mixture of all 4. Most felt the
fishtank gravel sounded the most like a soft rainfall! Only a few scant

There is a good children's storybook about the rainsticks in Africa. I will
find it and let you know.