Spirit Rattle, 1983-84

Ray A. Cheer
(American | Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation | Nooksack, born 1957)

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Shelton


Spirit Rattle was hand-carved by Native American artist Ray A. Cheer in Omak, Washington.

This artwork is part of Beyond Blue Mountains, a collection that was curated by late Tlingit (Native Alaskan) artist Jim Schoppert. It presents the work of Native American artists of diverse heritage, ideas, materials, and styles. The collection takes an in-depth look at the artists’ unique voices and interpretations of tradition.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections.


Native American artist Ray A. Cheer (Colville and Nooksack) creates hand-carved sculptures influenced by Coast Salish designs. He is of Colville (Northeastern Washington) and Nooksack (Northwestern Washington) heritage.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media
MediumJuniper wood
Dimensions14 3/8 in (3 1/4 in handle) (irregular dimensions)
ID NumberWSAC1984.187.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyPioneer School District
Artwork LocationPioneer Elementary School
Display case across from curved wall
WA CountyMason
Site TypePublic School
Address110 East Spencer Lake Road
Shelton, WA 98584
Geo. Coordinates47.258380, -123.000810
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