On some of the drums of the Siberian Shamans, there is an image of a hooked curve and line which symbolizes the Horse, like many Slavic and Balkan traditions which the horse is present in folk art and textiles. The Circles symbolizes both Sun and Moon, and lastly, the Beaks and Eyes of the Bird which represents the soul – these are still true today…
This Bird Mask is a very important and sacred symbol world wide, as it is in almost all root cultures. It is the most ancient symbol of our soul in our shamanic past, and in our animist souls. The bird mask is a tradition both in female and male shamans and used in dance Rituals to separate from themselves from their human self in this world, and reconnect into the dances of their animal or avian soul and the thus having the ability to be both at once.
In Siberian shaman traditions only the Black Shamans are able to attain such levels and not even many of them do not make it past the death initiation rites to attain their Bird Soul or Animal Souls. Most shamans have no idea in real experiences what that means and can only go through the motions without experiencing the shape-shifting. Only a few Native American tribes were Dreamers (shamans) like the Shasta and the Ojibwe. Since Russia and North America are connected through the bridge of Alaska the influences of the Siberian and older Russian traditions of Shamanism who came across the straights into America 10,000 years ago, can be seen in some of the duality of shamanic practices in the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Northwest along with the ancient Russian and Siberian shaman nomads.
Shamanism is unique to one’s soul and for others, to their tribe or clan.
Sources: Natasha’s Dance, A cultural history of Russia by Orlando Figes; Buryat