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"The hunters . ring out their rattles in harmony with the music, and all are singing happily with fair voice..." (G. Davydov, Russian naval officer, describing a dance on Kodiak Island, 1802). Circular rattles hung with beaks, hooves, claws, and shells were used over a wide area of Alaska and the Northwest Coast of Canada. This Kodiak Island rattle is made with beaks from puffins (a kind of seabird) tied to a wooden frame.