Date: 19th century

Geography: British Columbia, Canada

Culture: Native American (Tsimshian)

Medium: Wood, paint, sinew, pebbles

Dimensions: 12 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (31.8 × 8.9 cm)

Classification: Idiophone-Shaken-rattle

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.