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Rattle used in rites performed by shamans

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

Rattle

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.

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