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Wooden, sword-like beater with long, flat, blunt-ended blade. The carved handle has an oval hand guard and a duck-like shape on the end. The blade flares towards both ends, is narrower in the centre and dull on both sides.

History Of Use

Made for beating diatomaceous clay and feathers into fibres for Salish blankets. Beaters are also used to process the inner bark of the cedar tree, prior to its use in weaving textiles and articles of clothing, but these are smaller and more compact in shape.

Cultural Context

plant technology; weaving

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