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Spoons

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

From the Haida people of British Columbia, Canada, several spoons made of mountain goat horn and of mountain sheep horn. They look like large flat ladles.

The Haida made spoons out of the horn of the mountain sheep (white) and mountain goat (black). The handles were beautifully carved to represent various supernatural beings, often enacting an episode from some myth. Most often depicted were the many adventures of the supernatural raven. Sometimes the carvings portrayed the owner’s “crests,” representations of animals or supernatural beings associated with his legendary ancestors.