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Hamatsa shaman
A Hamatsa shaman from 1914. The Hamatsa are one of four secret societies among the Kwakwaka'wakw, an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest coast, who live mainly in Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. The Hamatsa practice a cannibalistic ritual, but it is unknown if it is in a literal sense or merely symbolic.Photo: Edward S. Curtis; Restoration: Lise Broer

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