Catalog Number : E66757
Accession Number : 28936
Material : Wood, paint, abalone shell inlay, leather string
Mask is signed and dated by Ron Herrling. Moon masks always appear as pairs (U'mista Cultural Center 2003), though the three moon masks in the museums collection may have not been made as an ensemble. Moon masks depict the moon in particular phases and are danced during the Tta'sata ceremony.
Catalog Number : E66756
Accession Number : 28936
Material : Wood (yellow cedar), paint, leather, cedar bark, plastic
This mask was created by renowned carver Beau Dick (1955-present). Bumblebee and other "stinger" masks were often danced during the potlatch ceremony, and provided some comic relief during the ceremony (Hawthorn 1979: 208). Spectators who were "stung" by one of the bee's stingers were compensated for their suffering with gifts. Another "stinger" mask in the MPM's collection is the Mosquito mask (see below, # E66760-28936).
Catalog Number : E66400
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, metal nails, string, wolf pelt
The wolf 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, wolf called out for others who had survived the deluge.
Catalog Number : E66399
Accession Number : 28752
Material : Wood, paint, cedar bark, metal nails, string
Masks of this type are frequently danced by members of the secret Hamatsa society during T'seka ceremonies, and are often accompanied by other cannibal birds, servants of the Cannibal Spirit at the North End of the World. For more on the Hamatsa society, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Ceremonies".
Catalog Number : E52904
Accession Number : 15745
Material : Wood, paint, cotton and wool cloth, iron nails, eagle wings, string
This mask is likely part of an Eagle dancer outfit and is believed to originate from either the Bella Coola (Nuxalk) or Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw) First Nation. Measurements: Length 1.88 m, height 1.05 m
Catalog Number : E17385
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, metal nails, string, textile, cardboard
Catalog Number : E17384
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, wire
Mask is exceptionally large, measuring over 1 meter wide. Jaw is detached.
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.