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Shaman’s Equipment

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

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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