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Aam’halait (Shaman’s soul catcher)

Aam’halait (Shaman’s soul catcher)


Preston Singletary

Native American, Tlingit, born 1963

Singletary is well known for transforming sacred and ceremonial objects from his Tlingit heritage and giving them fresh identities. Although resembling the traditional soul catchers, this version was created in glass using modern methods, and made for a fine-art clientele. What new interpretations and meanings are evoked when an item with a particular use and symbolism crosses over into a new setting?
Blown glass with yellow cedar bark cord
25 1/4 x 171/4 x 5 5/8 in. (64.1 x 43.8 x 14.3 cm)
Purchased with funds from the 1999 Maryatt Gala in honor of Steve Brown
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Preston Singletary: Threshold, May 22, 2003 - November 30, 2003

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