Catalog Number : E17325
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, cedar bark, metal nails, string
The ghosts of Kwakiutl folklore can be either benevolent or dangerous, and their appearance may be a blessing or spell disaster for those who see them. Ghosts may sing their messages to the living, and some stories state that they can bring the dead back to life with their touch. According to anthropologist Franz Boas, ghost mask dancers frequently appeared during winter ceremonies. For more on Franz Boas, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Ethnography". For more on Winter ceremonies, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Ceremonial Life".