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A long rectangular board made of dark brown-coloured cedar in an openwork design tapering from the widest end. Perforations with coloured, bevelled edges are spaced down the board's length. Yellow-brown openings are three pairs of varying sized elongated ovals, and two ovals, each with a flaring extended triangle shape out one side. These two are arranged lengthwise on the board between pairs of ovals. Last element is recessed red ovoid with perforated eye with dark brown pupil in centre. Shining, transparent flakes scattered randomly over board's surface, some of which are loose. Shining transparent flakes scattered randomly over board's surface, some of which are loose. Looped through to the back at the corners are pairs of wires. One pair holds on a short carved wood tube while another pair at the other end holds on a short carved wooden stick.

History Of Use

'Power boards': glittering mica attached gives board a rare, powerful quality. Treasure of the Tokwit, female War dancer, in the ritual, Winalagalis. When she conjures up from the ground the double-headed serpent, Sisiutl, a board rises up, and when struck, separates into two Sisiutl forms. The Sisiutl was a frequently used design on duntsiks.

Iconographic Meaning

Appears to represent Sisiutl?

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