Across from it sits a Tsimshian rattle depicting a frog and an owl. It might have been used to ward off death when a patient's condition was rapidly deteriorating. Although the owl was generally considered a shaman's helper, they were also believed to be the cause of death for people they unexpectedly flew over.

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The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

10975 SW 17th St.
Miami, FL 33199

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Coral Gables


"Spiritual Healing: Shamans of the Northwest Coast": Through October 3. Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; 305-348-2890; Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

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For anyone interested in exploring ritual healing systems based on nature worship and ancestral traditions, or simply enjoying these beautiful, intricately crafted objects as works of art, this modest offering conjures some potent magic.

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