Anteater Mammal Calabash Christmas tree ornament and hand rattle
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Anteater Mammal Calabash Christmas tree ornament and hand rattle

$11.00

Amazon Ecology works with hundreds of native and campesino artisans from the Peruvian Amazon to produce and sell innovative fair trade handicrafts. Your purchase helps to create sustainable income for artisan families, promote forest conservation, and supports local development in their communities. This product is an example of what we have carried in the past. Click on the Visit Shop button to see our current inventory.

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These unique Christmas tree ornaments and rattles are made from calabash tree pods (gourds) by native artisans from the Ampiyacu River region of the Peruvian Amazon.  This rattle features two types of anteaters found in the forests and grasslands of Central and South America.  The Giant Anteater can be six feet long and weigh a hundred pounds.  It uses its formidable claws to dig up ants and termites and feed on them with its sticky tongue.  The diminutive and irresistibly cute Silky (or Pygmy) Anteater is less than a foot and a half long and weighs less than one pound.  It moves slowly through trees feeding on thousands of ants each night. 

This rattle has a chambira palm fiber chord allows it to be hung from a Christmas tree.  The beads inside also make it a great rattle that fits in the palm of your hand. 

Please remember that the artisan carves these rattles one at a time so the exact design of the animal and shape of the calabash pod may vary from the photo shown of this model.

Model: ORWM021 (giant anteater); ORWM022 (silky anteater)

Made by Ampiyacu artisans in the Peruvian Amazon

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