The Kwakwaka’wakw staged a series of elaborate religious dramas during the winter. The ceremonies enacted variations on a single theme: the protagonist encountered a spirit who kidnapped him, bestowed supernatural powers upon him, and returned him to his village.
Some of the equipment used in these rituals is displayed in this case.
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The people of the Northwest Coast believed that at the time of puberty a girl was endowed with great supernatural power, and they gave this belief ceremonial recognition.