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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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IMAGE
Shaman's Rattle:

LOCATION: Ugashik (Uggásaq), Alaska Peninsula, 1885-1886

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 127805)

DIMENSIONS: 25 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
This bird-shaped shaman's rattle has rows of carved teeth inside its beak. Its eye is copper. Inside the rattle are a crystal of quartz stone, a sliver of wood, a flake of shiny mica, and clippings of red and black hair, all wrapped in sinew thread. The spiritual meaning of these materials is unknown.


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