A Finely twined spruce root and mussel shell rattle

A finely twined spruce root and mussel shell, Nootka peoples ceremonial rattle, British Colombia
Late 19th century - early 20th century
Size : 20 cm long
8 ins long
made from finely twined alternating bands and dyed wefts enclosing mussel shell shards, this rattle was probably used as a propitiating instrument to accompany dances performed during Potlach ceremonies.
Rattles were important to ceremonial activity for their ability to invoke the spirit world and invite the presence of the ancestors.

A Finely twined spruce root and mussel shell rattle

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