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Rattle used in rites performed by shamans

Rattle

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.

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.

See this object in the Anthropology Collections Database