About this object


According to Burnett, this outfit (A146, A149-A153, A155-A157) "...belonged to the late Medicine Man Najieksum Illthpooen (the tail of the whale), of the Kityelash tribe, the people who live by the strong water, Port Essington District ... and was purchased from his widow by the Methodist Missionary of that district."

Cultural context

Probably part of a shaman's outfit.

Physical description

Naturalistic carving of a salmon. Three small holes drilled through dorsal area. Small hole in the belly with wooden plug inserted.