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Reflecting the native belief in the connectivity of all things, the shaman's body takes on the form of a whale. 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 body and drum are made from fossil walrus ivory, it is accented with ptarmigan feathers and a strip of baleen at the side.
||King Island, AK
||7 x 2 x .75 in
||Fossil walrus ivory, baleen, ptarmigan feathers
||King Island Inupiaq