Kwakiutl or Haida Ceremonial Paddle
This ceremonial Raven Rattle is made of wood. The raven symbolizes creation and knowledge, and is known as the “Bringer of Light.” Throughout the Northwest Coast rattles are used in ceremonies. Shamans use rattles to cure the sick and to seek assistance from spirit helpers. They are used in music and usually accompany song, and their use implies the presence of supernatural power.
Accession Number 82-8