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Wooden Figure with Rattle

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1951A3.25
Collection:Ethnography - North America

Maker Information

Maker:Coast Salish - View history


This rattle was made by one of the Coast Salish groups of British Columbia.Shamans were religious men or women who were able to contact the spirit world on behalf of the tribe. Through magical rites, which would include dancing and music making, they could defeat enemies and heal the sick. Illness was attributed to wandering souls or to foreign intrusions by an evil spirit. The skill of the shaman depended on his or her ability to rid the sick person of the evil spirit.

Transferred from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Place of Origin:British Columbia, Canada


Height:406 mm
Width:95 mm
Depth:70 mm