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Exhibit item: SAMUEL A. BARRETT, Pomo Bear Doctor’Suit [photograph]

Exhibit item:
Pomo Bear Doctor’Suit [photograph]

Handbook of the Indians of California, 1925

"The powers of the finished bear shaman were several. He cured bear bites. He also gave demonstrations, such as digging in the fire and producing a living snake, or in the hard-baked ground under the fireplace and bringing up a mouse nest.

Their most important and spectacular function, however, was to go out, alone, or in twos or threes, to kill persons against whom they held a grudge, or people of other localities against whom their own tribe entertained avowed or concealed enmity."

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