Ceremonial Sword

About this object

History of use

Used by the Nułamała (Fool) dancers to help enforce the laws and proper etiquette of the winter ceremonies during the Hamat'sa ceremony.

Physical description

Ceremonial sword painted on both sides with long, flat, upward and backward curving fin-like projection, a rounded angular head, and a handle that is square in cross section. The black eyes are circle in circle surrounded by a tapering oval and a green area with black brows above. The nostrils are red. The open black mouth shows ten red upper teeth. The fin-like projection has an inverted red u form that has a vertical white ovoid within and white space in between, an inverted white and red u form, a horizontal white outlined red ovoid, and a black split u with white space in between at the tip.