Rattle

About this object

History of use

T’seka rattle. Used by Hamats!a attendant before the Hamats!a was pacified. Used when Hamats!a dancer is being caught: kam'yasu (A. Alfred, 1966).

Narrative

One of two known t’seka rattles by Willie Seaweed. “Seaweed’s typical stylization of the Killer whale’s face, with long, lidless eye, teardrop nostril, and snout curling down to the wide, toothed mouth clinches the identification. (Bill Holm, Smoky-Top, page 75)

Cultural context

ceremonial

Physical description

Light brown wood rattle consisting of two rounded pieces put together, each with a semi-cylindrical handle, creating a full rounded oval rattle. Along either sides of each piece, there is a hole to bind the two pieces together with wire. Pieces are also bound together at the top with wire. Handle is bound with brown string. Designs consisting of a face, possibly a bear and a whale? One face has black ovoid in ovoid eyes with an inverted black u form above with a plain oval within at either top side and a horizontal, red oval mouth with extending upper side lines. The other face has black outlined thin ovoid eyes with red nostrils and a black outlined open red mouth showing twelve plain teeth. Above this face, there is an inverted black outlined u form that has two plain dots at either lower side with an inverted black split u above.