Chief’s Rattle

Chief’s Rattle

A haseex semhalayt (chief’s or “Raven” rattle) is a key component of a sim’oogit’s (chief’s) regalia. The rattles produced a distinctive sound that indicated the presence of supernatural power. The main creature on such rattles is generally interpreted as a Raven. Some “Raven” rattles, like this one, are artistic masterpieces and were the prized possessions of persons of high rank. Acquired at Gitlaxt’aamiks, 1905.