Singing Seal Shaman Drummer
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Reflecting the native belief in the connectivity of all things, the shaman's body takes on the form of a seal. He holds a drum as part of a ceremony and the feather in his mouth is an artistic representation of a shamanistic principle that the mouth is a gateway for the supernatural. The drum is made from fossil walrus ivory. The body of the shaman is accented with ptarmigan feathers and intricate baleen inlay.
||King Island, AK
||1-1/2 x 7 x 1 in
||Walrus ivory, baleen, ptarmigan feather
||King Island Inupiaq