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Tangible Visions
Author: Allen Wardwell

ISBN: 9781580932356
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 31 August 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.2 x 27.1 x 3.3
Description:
Northwest Coast Indian art is famous for its spectacular totem poles, house posts, feast dishes, boxes, and painted house fronts.

Less well known but equally important is the art made for use by shamans, particularly those of the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida tribes.

This volume presents the first comprehensive illustrated study of the various kinds of painted and carved objects that were carried and worn by shamans as they went about their duties. In order to form alliances with animal spirits, Northwest Coast shamans deprived themselves of food, water, and sleep during long vigils in the wilderness.

The spirits that came to them in dreams and visions at such times could then be summoned to assist in healing and divinatory seances. Much of the ceremonial paraphernalia represents the helping spirits in the shaman's service. Certain examples, which show complex juxtapositions of many animals and human figures, depict the dreams or trance experiences of the shaman at the time he was forming his alliances.

This study places Northwest Coast shamanism in a world-wide context and demonstrates the ways ...

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