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Shamin

A Shamin passing through the air tram station

The Shamin were a humanoid species encountered by the Federation by the late-23rd century.

A Shamin Priest passed through the air tram station in San Francisco on stardate 7410.2. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

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The Shamin were designed by Fred Phillips and Robert Fletcher for The Motion Picture.

In an article appearing in the January 2002 edition of Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 9, entitled "Who is that Alien?", the following information about the Shamin Priests, which included information from Fletcher's original background notes, added:

"We are provided very little information about the Shamin Priests. The notes simply say that they were from O'Ryan's planet, which was discovered by Paddy O'Ryan in the 22nd century."

Shamin Priest

Production photo

In an interview appearing in the March 1980 edition of Fantastic Films, entitled, "The Star Trek Costumes", Fletcher revealed information about the Shamin Priests and the design of their costumes:

"This is the Shamin Priest from O'Ryan's planet. His undergarment is of a knit material. The tunic is a very plush material that I had woven on a hand loom. The material can't be purchased commercially. It was originally to be used in an outfit for Mr. Spock, sort of a ceremonial attire. That didn't work out so the Shamin got it. At first they wanted him dressed entirely in rags but I didn't feel that he should be all that raggedly looking wearing all this fine gold jewelry, so this is the compromise we arrived at."

Maggie Browne added:

"The Shamin's mask is another of those resin and felt creations. This one is gold plated. The mask is really gorgeous but it had a lot of bad luck. It got broken twice because someone on the set sat on it twice."

The mask and attire worn by the Shamin in The Motion Picture was sold in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. The lot, which also contained a Betelgeusian mask, sold for $732.00. [1]

O'Ryan's Planet was a planet in the Shamin star system. The system's primary was a Class G star. Magnitude of this star was +t, which was the same brightness as Sol. O'Ryan's Planet had, by 2378, become a member of the Federation. (Star Trek: Star Charts, United Federation of Planets I & III)

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