Rattle used in rites performed by shamans

  • About

    • This striking wooden rattle, consisting of many small whales, was collected by Fillip Jacobsen, a Norwegian journalist, on the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1897, the first year of the Museum’s Jesup North Pacific Expedition.

      The rattle would have been used by a shaman of the Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth) community, the most famous whalers of the Northwest Coast on the Canadian side, along with their Makah relatives on the U.S. side.

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  • Exhibition Text

    • Rattle used in rites performed by shamans (persons endowed by spirits with supernatural power).

  • Collection Information

    • Catalog No: 16 / 1966 Field No: 11
      Culture: Nuu-chah-nulth, CLAYOQUATH
      Locale: BC, VANCOUVER ISLAND, WEST COAST
      Country: CANADA
      Material: WOOD, PIGMENT, SINEW, BARK (CEDAR), STRING
      Dimensions: RATTLE L:45.4 W:35.2 H:36 FISH FIGURE L:11.1 W:3 H:.5 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1897 [EXPEDITION]
      Donor: JACOBSEN, F.

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