yatn (Rattle)

About this object


Bill Holm says the rattle appears to be of Heiltsuk origin, and Nuxalk informants said it wasn't of Nuxalk origin, but that it may have been traded into the Nuxalk community?

Cultural context


Physical description

A carved ovoid shaped rattle with handle. Rattle is made of two pieces joined by metal pins on sides and base of handle. Front is convex with carved, painted human face with black eyes. Red face with black marking and crosshatching on either side of the nose. Mouth is red. Back has Northwest Coast design with ovoids, beak-like design, and crosshatching. Stones and shells inside rattle. The brown wood is painted dark red, red, and black.