Haida bear rattle native american shaman: This Haida Bear Rattle is hand carved out of sustainable wood. It is a reproduction of a mid-19th century Native American rattle. Carved from albacia wood and filled with stones. The bear spirit represents strength, family, vitality courage and health. The original that inspired this piece is in the British Museum.
Our Haida Bear Rattle is hand carved hand painted.
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Coast used rattles in rites and ceremonies.
In this case, the Haida bear rattle represents the spirit of a bear.
Faithful replica of circa 1880 rattle. Length 11″ Width from cheek to cheek 5″ Depth from tip of nose to back of head 4″.
Bear is considered a medicine being with impressive magical powers. Because of this it plays a major role in many religious ceremonies. Bears are symbols of strength and wisdom to many Native Americans. The bear spirit is often associated with healing and medicine. That is due to the fact that(since bears continue fighting after being seriously injured, so Native Americans often believed they were capable of healing their wounds.
Corn kernels are what shakes to make the rattle sound,
In the Haida culture, the Bear is known as “Elder Kinsman.” Due to that, it symbolizes family. Also, it stands for strength, vitality, and courage.
Pacific Coast Shaman’s Rattles
This is a hand-carved and hand-painted reproduction of a Pacific Northwest Coast native carving. The original piece is in a museum. Sourced from a ceremonial tribal mask, as used by shamans. We have other rattles, such as bear and raven.
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest used carved masks in ceremonies. Such rites included commemorations of ancestors, cutting a labret, or a new tattoo. The tribes of the Pacific Coast took great pride, and gave great honor to their ancestors. They were often portrayed on totem poles as well as on masks..
We are big fans of the artwork of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. For one thing, one of us is from NW Canada. Another one of our principals grew up near the Museum of the American Indian in New York, and fell in love with the objects that these products are based on. Sadly, the young native people of the Pacific Northwest tribes have largely discontinued the age-old traditional art of carving. Therefore, works of art like these are largely unavailable, or cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. We worked with talented wood carvers in Bali, and developed various reproductions with them. When we sold imports in the 1990s, the majority of our customers for these museum reproductions were native American and Canadian store owners who were thrilled to have such faithful replicas of Pacific Northwest native carvings.