Carved wooden rattle in the form of a raven, North American
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This rattle in the form of a raven was used by a Native American shaman of the Haida or Tsimshian people of north-western Canada and Alaska. Haida and Tsimshian tribes were divided into clans, each symolised by an animal, one of them being the raven. The raven was a very important figure in the tribes' mythology and beliefs.