Date: 19th century

Geography: British Columbia, Canada

Culture: Native American (Skittagetan or Haida)

Medium: Wood

Dimensions: Overall: 7.6 x 20.3cm (3 x 8in.)

Classification: Idiophone-Shaken-rattle

Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

Accession Number: 89.4.616


This rattle depicts a grinning mountain spirit, potentially that of a bear. The spirit would act as the intercessor for the human figure found between the ears. The rattle represents the relationship between the two and how the owner would depend on the spirit for strength and guidance.