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Like other sea mammals, sea lions are symbols of wealth and abudance in many Northwest Coast tribes, and sea lion images are often represented on potlatch regalia. Sea Lion was also considered a source of hunting and fishing power by many Northwestern Indians. In the Unangan (Aleut) culture, sea lion whiskers were used to decorate the headgear worn by hunters. In some Nuu-chah-nulth tribes, Sea-Lion plays the mythologically important role of Earthdiver, bringing mud from the bottom of the ocean for Raven to use to create the earth.
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