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Wood, paint, cotton cloth, metal wire
Inheritors of Zwexwe masks are ritual specialists who assist in all major events in life, such as birth, marriage, illness, and ceremonies. According to Hawthorn (1979: 224), the Kwakiutl received this mask from the Comox Nation as a gift, and the masked characters were integrated into the Hamatsa ceremony (for more on the Hamatsa society, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Ceremonial Life").