Pacific Coast Shaman Bear Rattle
Carved from albacia wood and filled with corn. 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.
The bear rattle represents the spirit of a bear.
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 Pacific Coast Shaman Bear Rattle. The original piece is in a museum. Sourced from a ceremonial tribal mask, as used by shamans. We have other masks, such as eagle, wolf, sun, hawk, and more.
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..
This is a replica of a museum piece. It was not produced by a tribal member.