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kíihlaa “bowl”
Language: Haida

This feast bowl imitates the shape of a Haida chief’s rattle and the same supernatural beings are shown. Raven’s body lends the bowl its overall form, and the cannibal spirit, Ulala, reclines on top. Ulala’s arms extend around the bowl toward Hawk, who peers from Raven’s tail feathers. Chiefly hosts served rich foods in carved bowls like this to their guests at winter ceremonies.

Culture: Haida
Region: Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada
Village: Skidegate
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 25.7cm
Accession Date: 1904
Source: n/a
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E178961