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Mask portraying the spirit of the sea who protects seals

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

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The Kwakiutl are one of some 20 diverse communities known collectively as the Kwakwaka’wakw, united by a common language. In Kwakwaka’wakw mythology, animal imagery may indicate a close family association, even common ancestry, which confers supernatural powers and special privileges.

This ceremonial mask, with a killer whale at the top, was collected by George Hunt in 1897. It depicts Ku