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Ceremonial Costume

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


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Numerous paraphernalia, in addition to masks, were required for the winter ceremonies of the Nuxalk. Rattles and drums accompanied the songs; whistles represented the voices of supernatural beings. In some dances, representations of animals, birds, and human beings were used. Distinctive items of dress included aprons and a variety of neck, leg, and arm rings, all made of twisted cedarbark.