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Necklace

it’iskw “necklace”
Language: Nisga’a

This Nisga’a necklace is ornamented with lynx teeth, obtained from the interior mountain country where these solitary predators are most abundant. It may be a shaman’s item, since the lynx was often claimed as a helping spirit.

Culture: Tsimshian
Region: British Columbia, Canada
Object Category: Ornaments, jewelry
Dimensions: Length 38cm
Accession Date: 1916
Source: George T. Emmons (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 054180.000