A Shaman's healing rattle. The rattle itself is about 16" long. The stand is 9" by 4 1/2". Otterman, Mouse and Owl are carved on the oystercatchers back. Octopus is is carved on the belly. Marmot is carved on the end of the handle. The stand is yew wood.
Figures on oyster catcher rattles are the helpers of the shaman. The otter and octopus are the most powerful and sought after creatures in Tlingit mythology. Otterman is holding an object behind his back. The mystery is is he hiding it or about to give it.
Otters travel between worlds. Mouse is the keeper of knowledge. Octopus is also a transformer. Touching tongue are an important part of the symbolism as they express the communication of knowledge.
The artist is a Kwak'waka'wakw Octopus dancer.
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