Introduction

Archaeological Excavation

Tsimshian Society and Culture

Shamanism
Curing Shamans
Fishing Shamans
War Shamans
Witches
Trade
Warfare
Wealth and Rank
Men's Activities
Women's Activities

Tsimshian Villages

Tsimshian Society and Culture

Shamanism

Witches

Shaman and Witch - 
CD94-633-015 - 72-9580 Tlingit shaman tying up a witch, Sitka, Alaska.
 

In Tsimshian society, witches were described as people who worked to harm their neighbours through mysterious ways. They did not go through fasts or purifications, nor did they have contact with spiritual helpers, as shamans did. When shamans were called upon to expel sickness due to witchcraft, they tried to convince the sick person that his or her spirit was stronger than that of the witch's, in order to cast out the spell.
 
 

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