Shell Shakers: Stomp Dance Rhythm-Makers

Experience Chickasaw History and Culture

Turtle shell shakers are used in traditional stomp dances and are worn on the legs of Chickasaw women. Today, these shakers are either made with turtle shells or, more commonly, with cans often embellished with turtle shapes. This signifies an abiding respect for animals and the gifts they give to humans. See and join stomp dances daily at the Chickasaw Cultural Center beginning at 11 am.

Turtle shell shakers are used in traditional stomp dances and are worn on the legs of Chickasaw women.