Catalog Number : E17321
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, cotton textile, string
This mask may represent the merging of two clans as represented by both the killer whale mask and the hand/sun motif on the backboard unified into a single crest.
Catalog Number : E17320
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, metal nails, bark, string, canvas
Pugwis is also known as the Man of the Sea, and is recognizable by his pronounced incisors, circular eyes, and the gills on his cheeks. Though not evident on this mask, Pugwis is often portrayed as having a loon on his head, which, according to some myths, landed there thinking Pugwis' head was an island.
Catalog Number : E17319
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, metal, mirrors
Mask's eyes have mirror inlays. Like the shark, whale, and sea lion, the octopus is a powerful creature associated with magical powers and the kingdom under the sea.
Catalog Number : E17318
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string, feathers, metal nails
For more information on Raven, see the section entitled "Kwakiutl Cosmology".
Catalog Number : E17317
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, feathers, metal nails, string
This headdress is likely of the "helmet" variety, and is not the type typically worn by chiefs. The loon on this headdress is probably a family crest.
Catalog Number : E17315
Accession Number : 4615
Material : Wood, paint, string
Movable dorsal and pectoral fins and tail. Dorsal fin retracts to reveal eagle figure. 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 : E17314
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 : 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