Catalog Number : E17313
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string
Moveable dorsal and pectoral fins and tail. Whale masks are typically quite large and are usually worn over the dancer's back, freeing the dancer's hands to pull strings that would cause the fins and tail to move. Killer whale masks like this one are typically danced at the Tta'sata ceremony and are associated with great wealth and clan ancestors, or may represent servants of the sea god, Kumugwe.
Catalog Number : E17312
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string, rope
Moveable dorsal and pectoral fins and tail. Whale masks are typically quite large and are usually worn over the dancer's back, freeing the dancer's hands to pull strings that would cause the fins and tail to move. The rider on the back of this whale could represent a deceased person or an ancestor, as killer whales are believed to take away the dead and transform them into killer whales. The figure atop the whale may also represent a shaman, as killer whales are believed to appear to shamans to comfort them during their initiation as ritual specialists.
Catalog Number : E17309
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood
Catalog Number : E17308
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, cord
Catalog Number : E17306
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string
Catalog Number : E17305
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string
This mask may have been misidentified by Barrett, and may be more properly called a "Gambling" Dancer mask, owing to the heavy eyebrows, moustache, and horizontal stripes across the cheeks of the mask. Intended to bring levity to otherwise stressful social settings like potlatches, characters like "Gamblers" interrupt ceremonies and invite special guests to play "rigged" games of chance. These games often pay off in extravagant prizes, and are "rigged" to make sure that all participants win a prize.
Catalog Number : E17304
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, cotton textile, string, metal
Intended to bring levity to otherwise stressful social settings like potlatches, characters like "Gamblers" interrupt ceremonies and invite special guests to play "rigged" games of chance. These games often pay off in extravagant prizes, and are "rigged" to make sure that all participants win a prize.
Catalog Number : E17303
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string, cotton cloth
Intended to bring levity to otherwise stressful social events like potlatches, characters like "Gamblers" interrupt ceremonies and invite special guests to play "rigged" games of chance. These games often pay off in extravagant prizes, and are "rigged" to make sure that all participants win a prize.
Catalog Number : E17302
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint
Catalog Number : E17301
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint