Shaman’s Oyster Catcher Rattle
A highly skilled carver made this reproduction. The material is a sustainable wood.
The rattle is 16″ x 6″ x 4″. Each piece is unique as it is hand made. Therefore, dimensions and details may vary slightly.
Shaman’s Oyster Catcher Rattles were used by tribes in the Pacific Northwest Coast area. This is a reproduction of an 18th century Tlingit rattle. The other tribes of the region used similar rattles. This reproduction makes a nice rattling sound. So, you may use it simply for decor, or spiritually as a protector.
Shamans shook such rattles over an afflicted person’s body for protection. This rattle depicts a long-billed bird called an oyster catcher. The oyster catcher is a transformative animal because it lives in the sky yet dives beneath the water for sustenance. Riding on the bird’s back is the image of a shaman. He is being transformed into a land otter.
Pacific Coast Shaman’s Rattles
We have other rattles, such as bear and raven.
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest used carved rattles in ceremonies. Such rites included commemorations of ancestors, cutting a labret, or a new tattoo. The tribes of the Pacific Coast took gave great importance to spirit animals. 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.