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(Owens Valley Paiute, Tubatulabal, Western Mono, Yokuts)
Among the Yokuts, these included: the split stick, the cocoon rattle, the four-holed flute, but no drums. (Kroeber, 1925:509; for Yokuts flute, see plate 43; for cocoon rattle, fig. 37-a.) The Owens Valley people used a somewhat similar flute made of elderberry (Sambucus mexicana), rattles made either of cocoons, deer's ears, or the split stick, and possibly the musical bow. (Steward, 1933: 277-8, For Paiute doctor's flute see Steward, fig. 9, p. 277.) Were one to go farther afield in the Great Basin he could include the typically Shoshonean notched stick rasp.
Desert Indian Culture
Introduction & Overview
Weapons, Houses, Clothing
Musical Instruments & Misc.
Other Social Customs