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Shaman’s Equipment

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


Shamans, sometimes called “medicinemen,” controlled supernatural powers. They cured or caused illness, brought good weather, caused abundant fish runs, and brought good luck to the whole village. A person became a shaman by fasting alone in the forest, and, with luck, meeting one or more spirits who bestowed power upon him. Every shaman had special songs, m