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Amulet

Tlingit, Southeast Alaska, ca. 1840


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Charms and amulets exhibit perhaps the greatest range of styles and imagery of any object type from the Northwest Coast. Their forms are said to be the manifestation of the dreams and visions of shamans. Amulets were in some cases carved by the shamans, while in others, the vision was divulged to a trained artist that produced the finished object. Amulets were thought to embody the shaman’s power and strength. These images of power were used as talismans to summon helping spirits during healing rituals, and were sometimes left with the patient to assist in effecting a cure. Amulets are also believed to contain the spirit power of the animal or other source from which the material was acquired. Marine mammal ivory would yield the power of whales, walruses or sea lions. Bone could be from a grizzly bear or whale, and stone, from an especially revered mountain.


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Amulet N4372

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska
ca. 1840
Inventory # N4372
Amulet CN3895f

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1840–60
Inventory # CN3895f
Amulet N3892

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska
ca. 1820–40
Inventory # N3892
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Amulet N3925

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1850
Inventory # N3925
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Shaman’s Charm N3381

Shaman's Charm

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1840
Inventory # N3381
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Amulet N3895a

Amulet

Tlingit
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

ca. 1840–60
Inventory # N3895a
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Soul Catcher N3891

Soul Catcher

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1850
Inventory # N3891
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Soul Catcher CN4342

Soul Catcher

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia

ca. 1840-60
Inventory # CN4342
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Amulet N3895c

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1840–60
Inventory # N3895c
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Amulet N3895e

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1820–50
Inventory # N3895e
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Amulet N3895b

Amulet

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia

ca. 1820–50
Inventory # N3895b
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