From the Land of Totem Poles: Shamanism and Faces of the Potlatch

Bella Coola wooden Sun Mask
Collected by Hun and Boas during Jesup Expedition, 1897.
American Museum of Natural History
New York

Event Details

Date: April 1 - April 27, 2019

Opening Reception April 5, 7-9 p.m.

Please join students and staff at an evening reception for this Ethnographic Exhibition! Comments concerning the exhibition begin at 7:30 p.m.

About the exhibit

This exhibition is curated by Dr. L. Adrien Hannus and his Augustana Museum Studies class.

Shamanism is a religion practiced by indigenous peoples of far northern Europe and Siberia that is characterized by belief in an unseen world of gods, demons, and ancestral spirits responsive only to a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events.

Potlatch, a ceremonial distribution of property and gifts to affirm or reaffirm social status, was uniquely institutionalized by the American Indians of the Northwest Pacific coast. Great feasts and generous hospitality accompanied the potlatch, and the efforts of the kin group of the host were exerted to maximize the generosity. The proceedings gave wide publicity to the social status of donor and recipients because there were many witnesses.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Lindsay Twa, Director

Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

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