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Amulets

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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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 N3895b

Amulet

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia
ca. 1820–50
Inventory # N3895b
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Amulet N3895e

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska
ca. 1820–50
Inventory # N3895e
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Soul Catcher N3221

Soul Catcher

Haida or Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia
ca. 1780-1820
Inventory # N3221
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Amulet CN3895g

Amulet

Haida
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
ca. 1840-60
Inventory # CN3895g
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Soul Catcher N2204

Soul Catcher

Nisga'a, Gitxsan or Tsimshian (?)
Northern British Columbia
ca. 1850
Inventory # N2204
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Soul Catcher CN3351

Soul Catcher

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia
19th century
Inventory # CN3351
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Amulet CN3895i

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska
18th century or earlier
Inventory # CN3895i
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Shaman’s Amulet N4230

Shaman's Amulet

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia
ca. 1850-60
Inventory # N4230
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