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Chief's Rattle

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Chief's Rattle
Chief's Rattle
19th-20th century
Wood, leather, and haliotis shell
The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund

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  • Among the Haida (HIGH-da) peoples, rattles in the form of a raven were the exclusive property of high-ranking leaders.

  • Raven plays a leading role as both trickster and creator in the stories of many Northwest Coast Indians. One popular story explains how Raven stole daylight and brought it to his people.

  • The complex LINEAR design of this rattle is characteristic of Northwest Coast American Indian art.
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