> 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.