Ivory charms used by a shaman

  • Exhibition Text

    • Ivory charms used by a shaman to predict whether or not a patient would recover. The charms contain a spirit with the property of fire. The shaman touched the patient with the charms. If the patient was going to recover, the charms glowed brightly; but if he was going to die, the spirit light did not appear.

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  • Collection Information

    • Catalog No: 16.1/ 772 Field No: 4
      Culture: KITIKSHAN
      Locale: BC, UPPER SKEENA RIVER
      Country: CANADA
      Material: IVORY, ABALONE
      Dimensions: L:6.5 W:6.2 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1911
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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      Catalog No: 16.1/ 779 Field No: 59
      Culture: KITIKSHAN
      Locale: BC, UPPER SKEENA RIVER
      Country: CANADA
      Material: WOOD
      Dimensions: L:10 W:2.6 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1911
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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      Catalog No: 16.1/ 770 Field No: 304
      Culture: KITIKSHAN
      Locale: BC, UPPER SKEENA RIVER
      Country: CANADA
      Material: BONE
      Dimensions: L:11.8 W:5 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1911
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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