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Artist / Maker : Starr, Terry
Title : Soul Catcher
Date (Execution) : 1988
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Gispax Laats, Tsimshian
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Circular design with birds' heads in black and red ink. Hole in centre of design.
Accession # : U990.14.950
Width (cm) : 51.50
Height (cm) : 53.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The soulcatcher is an object used by the Shaman. Usually made from the shin bone of a bear, it's average length is seven inches and it always depicts the double headed serpent. The soulcatcher was part of the Shaman's costume and was worn suspended around the neck by a rawhide thong. The bear bone is used because it relates directly to birth and death (the bear is regarded as one of 'the agents of the transformer'). The bone soulcatcher is therefore particularly appropriate as a receptacle for the soul." - Terry Starr