ME892.12.2 | Raven rattle

 
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Raven rattle
Anonyme - Anonymous
Northwest Coast
Aboriginal: Haida
1800-1850, 19th century
Wood, paint, sinew, cotton string
12 x 11.4 x 36 cm
Gift of Dr. George Mercer Dawson
ME892.12.2
© McCord Museum
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All of the Northwest Coast peoples made rattles in the form of a bird. Such rattles are generally associated with shamanism. The figure most often depicted on them was Raven carrying the sun in his beak. For the Northwest Coast peoples, Raven was an important symbol of the secular power of the chiefs. According to the mythology of the region, Raven gave people arts and civilization as well as rules to live by.