The Haidan people, who are native to an archipelago of present-day Canada, believe that whales help travelers return home. In Haidan lore, donning the skin of a killer whale can also grant a person access to the spirit world. A ceremonial Haidan whale bowl is available in the upcoming Native American Art auction, presented by Stair. Like the whale bowl, the auction’s 165 lots represent ethnographic pieces from Native communities across the Americas.
Also featured is an Oglala Sioux journal that documents events from 1802 to 1861. A combination of pictures and written notes document the day’s pressing events, from information about horses to the violent deaths of friends and foes. Representing the Hopi tribe is a kachina or doll for women and children. The Hopi believe these dolls open a beneficial gateway between the human world and the supernatural. “They are generally bringers of clouds, rain, and all good things,” says the Dallas Museum of Art. The kachina available in this auction depicts Shalako, who is a symbol of fertility. There are several markings in her headdress, including two ears of corn, that symbolize a bountiful harvest. Those interested in this or any other piece can register to bid on Bidsquare.
# of Lots:161
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Rare Haida Painted Wood Ceremonial Whale Bowl|| Estimate: |
|Crow Beaded Hide and Trade Cloth Papoose Carrier|| Estimate: |
|Crow Beaded, Buckskin and Trade Cloth Rifle Scabbard|| Estimate: |
|Rare Oglala Sioux Winter Ledger Book|| Estimate: |
|Polik Mana Hopi Katsina or Pohoquaptewa 'Shalako Maiden'|| Estimate: |