Ceremonial Cane


From: Canada | Ontario | Six Nations Reservation

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 76-8-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Iroquois
Provenience Canada | Ontario | Six Nations Reservation
Culture Area Northeast Culture Area
Creator Iroqrafts
Date Made 1976
Section American
Materials Wood
Technique Carved

Called "Condolence Cane" on the card. Wooden cane with carvings to aid Speaker's memory during the long Iroqois Chief's Condolence and Raising Ceremony. Front carvings and pegs (30 pegs on one side with 20 on the other) represent the 50 hereditary Chief Titles of the original Five Nations Confederacy and the seating positions of the Chiefs and Nations Back carvings briefly outline segments of the Condolence. Cf. Fenton, W.N. "Roll Call of the Iroquois Cheifs". A copy of the original cane in Cranbrook Museum of Science. Made by Iroqrafts, Ltd., Ontario, Canada, 1976.

Length 178.9 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Iroqrafts, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, 1976

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