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Charmstone

Museum number:
1-84646
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Accession number:
Acc.953
Object count:
1
Count note:
1
Description:
Charmstone (type WC), steatite. Tubatulabal name: sopo.
Donor:
Delila S. Gifford and Theodore D. McCown
Collection place:
Fort Tejon, Kern County, California
Verbatim coll. place:
California
Culture or time period:
Tübatulabal and Ventureño
Collector:
Francis A. Riddell and Franklin Fenenga
Collection date:
November 1948
Materials:
Soapstone (metamorphic rock)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.2 Magic: Objects Associated with Practices reflecting confidence in the ability to manipulate supernatural agencies
Accession date:
1948
Context of use:
Part of a shaman's (or rain doctor's), pahaˑm, rain making kit, in Tubatulabal a taŋganišt, collected at Onyx, Kern County. Belonged to old Indian at Ft. Tejon about 100 years ago.
Department:
Native California (archaeology and ethnology)
Comment:
HOPKINS, JERRY N., GERRIT L. FENENGA, ALAN P. GARFINKEL, SAMANTHA RIDING-RED-HORSE, and DONNA MIRANDA-BEGAY. "Further Reflections on California Rain-Making Shamanism: "the Other Half" of the Tübatulabal Shaman's Rain-Making Bundle." Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 32, no. 2 (2012): 127-140.
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