Catalog Number : E17381
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string
Catalog Number : E17379
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, metal hinges and nails
This Raven mask opens to reveal a human face and a Sisiutl. For more on Raven or Sisiutl, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Cosmology".
Catalog Number : E17378
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint
Generally speaking, native communities on Canada's Pacific Coast regard sharks as having the capacity to be both benevolent and dangerous. This particular mask could reference a Kwakiutl story about a boy who was thrown to a shark by the character known as Weight-on-Floor, or is perhaps the crest of a shark clan.
Catalog Number : E17377
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, fur, string, abalone inlay, metal nails
The wolf, first among the animal spirits, is typically danced during the T'seka ceremony, and is believed to have developed its howl when, after the great flood at the dawn of time, he called out for others who had survived the deluge.
Catalog Number : E17371
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string
Masks like this Come-in-the-House Mask are generally referred to as Atlakim masks. Atlakim masks were often made hastily and burned after four years. Each family uses a different set of Atlakim masks, which consist in total of around forty characters not normally associated with the more standardized Kwakiutl cosmology (Hawthorn 1979: 132).
Catalog Number : E17370
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, copper, twine, leather
This mask may have been made by master carver Willie Seaweed (1893-1967) and is of the "copper top" variety owing to the wide copper rim that is revealed when the top of the mask is raised. Also known as Crooked Beak of Heaven, masks of this type are frequently danced by members of the secret Hamatsa society during T'seka ceremonies. For more on the Hamatsa society, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Ceremonies". For more on the Crooked Beak of Heaven, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Cosmology".
Catalog Number : E17369
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, twine, plant material, metal hinge
Hinged jaw. Hair of Hamseivi is made of plant material. Also known as Crooked Beak of Heaven, masks of this type are frequently danced by members of the secret Hamatsa society during T'seka ceremonies. For more on the Hamatsa society, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Ceremonies". For more on the Crooked Beak of Heaven, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Cosmology".
Catalog Number : E17368
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, cedar bark, string, metal nails
Catalog Number : E17367
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, metal nails, string
This mask may represent Kumugwe, the god of the sea. For more on Kumugwe, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Cosmology".
Catalog Number : E17366
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string, metal nails
This mask may represent Kumugwe, the god of the sea. For more on Kumugwe, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Cosmology".