Haida masks

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    • Masks were worn by members of secret societies who danced on ceremonial occasions. The dancers were believed to be possessed by various spirits such as the Wolf, Grizzly Bear, Fire-throwing spirit, Gambling spirit, and others. Haida masks sometimes represented one of these spirits; but more often their connections with the spirits of the secret societies were not clear. A mask representing a woman is very common. The Haida derived the idea of the secret society from the Tsimshian, who in turn had derived it from the Kwakiut.

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