The Saturday Morning Children's Program is online due to Covid-19. This week's program is Native American Rain Sticks!
History of the Rain Stick
Many Native American tribes, as well as other cultures around the world, have used the ceremonial rain stick as a way to please their gods into allowing it to rain. The sound that they make is meant to imitate the sound of raindrops falling. Rain sticks were particularly important to tribes that lived in more arid or desert climates as water was very hard to come by. Without the life giving water from the sky, their crops would not grow and animals and people could die of thirst.The first rain sticks were made of hollowed out cactus tubes or bamboo filled with small pebbles or sand. The sticks would then be used in important ceremonies to bring upon rain during the dry seasons.
You can find the instruction on how to make your Rain Stick here!
The Holland Land Office Museum is still open for your exploration and is operating under Covid-19 Safety guidelines.
Visit this local treasure Tuesday-Saturday 10-4pm to see historical artifacts and exhibits covering Native Americans, Pioneer kitchen, military collections and more!