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Ivory charms used by a shaman

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

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Exhibition Text

Ivory charms used by a shaman to predict whether or not a patient would recover. The charms contain a spirit with the property of fire. The shaman touched the patient with the charms. If the patient was going to recover, the charms glowed brightly; but if he was going to die, the spirit light did not appear.

Collection Information

Catalog No: 16.1/ 772 Field No: 4
Culture: KITIKSHAN
Locale: BC, UPPER SKEENA RIVER
Country: CANADA
Material: IVORY, ABALONE
Dimensions: L:6.5 W:6.2 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1911
Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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Catalog No: 16.1/ 779 Field No: 59
Culture: KITIKSHAN
Locale: BC, UPPER SKEENA RIVER
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD
Dimensions: L:10 W:2.6 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1911
Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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Catalog No: 16.1/ 770 Field No: 304
Culture: KITIKSHAN
Locale: BC, UPPER SKEENA RIVER
Country: CANADA
Material: BONE
Dimensions: L:11.8 W:5 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1911
Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.

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