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Carved, wooden rattle decorated with human faces and white wool fringes on the sides. The two human faces are finely carved and appear on both sides of the rattle. The handle is bound with bark. Facial features are emphasized with black and red paint.

History Of Use

Rattles are used in cleansing ceremonies and usually can only be used by those who own the rights and priviledges associated with a specific rattle. The ceremonies often mark a significant occasion or rite of passage, for example a naming ceremony, marriage, memorial potlatch, etc. (Hawthorn 1967:79).


Accession information states that this rattle was purchased at Cowichan, but may actually originate from the West Saanich Reserve, in Sidney.

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