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Amulet

ha’dsanaash “amulet”
Language: Tsimshian

The power of this thing is what it was used for, and the fact that it took such skill to create.

—David Boxley, 2009

A shaman’s amulets represented the guardian spirits that aided his work. Like his wooden rattles, crown of bear claws, dance apron, and red ocher face paint, bone and stone amulets were essential to his practice. This beautifully carved example represents a killer whale; its tail is a long-beaked bird.

Culture: Tsimshian
Region: British Columbia, Canada
Village: Port Simpson
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 9.5cm
Accession Date: 1870
Source: Franklin M. Ring (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E009813B