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Oystercatcher rattles appear to have been exclusively used by Tlingit shamans. They depict the black oystercatcher, a fairly common shorebird on the outer, seaward reaches of the Northwest Coast shoreline. The complex dramas taking place on the backs of the rattles almost always concern shamanism and witchcraft.
depth 6.25 in ; length 15.5 in ; width 3.75 in