Date: 19th century
Geography: British Columbia, Canada
Culture: Native American (Tsimshian)
Medium: Wood, paint, sinew, pebbles
Dimensions: W. 8.9 x L. 31.8cm (3 1/2 x 12 1/2in.)
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number: 89.4.2161
The form of this rattle is that of a bird (raven) bearing a totemic emblem on its breast. On the bird's back are the figures of a shaman and a kingfisher, the mythological source of the shaman's supernatural powers. The figures are united by one tongue, which forms the bridge through which the magic force flows.