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Rattle

sheishóox “rattle”
Language: Lingít

Shagáxduxéeji áwé dulxwashjéen. (When attacking it would be sounded.)

—Anna Katzeek, 2005

This very large, round rattle may have been used during war to coordinate an attack or to strike fear and confusion into the enemy. George Ramos said that rattles like this had been described to him as part of a war leader’s outfit. Round stones were traditionally collected at low tide to put inside. The abstract designs may represent a whale or frog, but are difficult to interpret.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Prince of Wales Island, Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 36cm
Accession Date: 1876
Source: James G. Swan (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E020874