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The Loon's Necklace

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A Tsimshian legend portrayed by actors wearing ceremonial masks carved by the Tsimshian of the British Columbia coast. The story explains the white band around the black neck of the loon. Kelora, the hero, was once a proud medicine man, but was neglected in his feeble old age and blindness. His totem, the loon, remains faithful to him and gives him back his sight. In return Kelora places his necklace of magic shells around the neck of the bird, where it can still be seen today.

1950, 11 min 06 s

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