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Bear mask, carved by Richard Hunt, a contemporary Kwakiutl artist. According to Kwakiutl belief, when dancers are wearing these masks, they are transformed into the spirits represented on the mask.

Bear mask, carved by Richard Hunt, a contemporary Kwakiutl artist. According to Kwakiutl belief, when dancers are wearing these masks, they are transformed into the spirits represented on the mask.

Edward S. Curtis, Kwakiutl dancer

Date Created/Published: November Summary: Ceremonial mask worn by a dancer portraying the hunter in Bella Bella mythology who killed the giant man-eating octopus. The dance was performed during Tluwulahu, a four day ceremony prior to the Winter Dance.

Philip Gray's Becoming Tsimshian

A new generation of artists is taking the traditional iconography seen on totem poles, masks and boxes