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Shaman's Neckring by Shawn KarpesShaman's Neckring by Shawn Karpes
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Shaman's Neckring

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with custom display frame by Shawn
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"This necklace was inspired by a Haida Shaman's collar depicted in the book, People of the Totem. The original Haida piece was partially made from 'bone game' sticks, along with a number of different creatures. It is difficult to describe why I felt compelled to carve this piece. I have always been fascinated by Shamanic objects and like to capture the essence of such things. For me, they portray the mystery and power of history. Looking for balance, I included aspects - spirits - shadows - figures - from the four realms of the Native cosmos (sky, sea, spirit, and mortal). I will not try to describe each piece; each has its own story, traditionally and personally. Traditionally, when a Shaman performs rituals, he displays his spirit helpers in the forms of masks, rattles, charms, etc. This is a contemporary piece, but I hope it captures other interests, eyes and good spirits." --Shawn Karpes

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Shawn Karpes
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2004
Dimensions circumference 26" (custom frame 19" x 22")
Materials & Edition yellow cedar, trade beads, leather, red cedar display frame

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