Ivory tubes

  • Exhibition Text

    • These ivory tubes are called “soul catchers.” They were used by shamans to cure the sick. Each soul catcher contains the should of a dead shaman. The practicing shaman placed one end of the soul catcher in his patient’s mouth. The spirit of the dead shaman then entered the patient and expelled the evil spirit which had been causing the illness.

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  • Collection Information

    • (third from the top, fourth from the top)
      Catalog No: 16 / 534
      Culture: Tsimshianic
      Locale: BC
      Country: CANADA
      Dimensions: L:21.4 W:4.5 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 [GIFT]
      Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

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      (top, second from top)
      Catalog No: 16 / 535
      Culture: Tsimshianic
      Locale: BC
      Country: CANADA
      Dimensions: L:16 W:2.5 [in CM]
      Subject: SHARK?
      Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 [GIFT]
      Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

      See this object in the Anthropology Collections Database