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Ivory charms used by a shaman

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

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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.