Set of Three Northwest Coast Native Raven Masks on Stands
The Kwakwakawakw culture, based in the north of Vancouver Island and on the mainland of southwest British Columbia, traditionally divides its year into ceremonial months and non-ceremonial months. The Tsetseka, or ceremonial season, begins in the late autumn and is marked by feasting and the activation of ancient dancing societies. There are four main societies in Kwakwakawakw culture: the Winalagilis, the Atlakim, the Dluwalakha (or Klasila), and the Hamatsa. The secretive Hamatsa society and its dancing rituals are based around the initiations of a novice dancer. The ceremonial winter Hamatsa dance often lasts for several days and contains a large cast of characters who educate, terrify and challenge the nominated novice. While there are numerous representational spirits and creatures involved in this dancing ceremony, the primary figures are those of birds who inhabit the Sky-World and interact with human life below. These birds are guided by the spirit Baxbaxwalanuksiwe ("Man-Eater at the North End of the World") and include the Hamatsa Raven, the Hokhokw, and the Crooked Beak. This listing is for all three masks.
Please note that the masks are made to order and will differ slightly from the images in the listing. The Hamat'sa Raven measures 16" x 21" x 6" and the Hokhokw measures 20" x 29" x 6" and the Crooked Beak measures 21 1/2" x 22 x 6". They have been created by Kwakwaka'wakw artist and shop member Ross Henderson.
Currently, Ross resides in Fort Rupert, BC. As a teenager he was influenced by his brother, Jonathan Henderson.
He works with Kwakwakawakw artist, Trevor Hunt, and has been seriously carving since 2002. In 2015, Ross was commissioned through Lattimer Gallery to create a special double-sided paddle to commemorate Rocky Mountaineer Train Tours 25th Anniversary. He works in a traditional Kwakwaka'wakw style, and enjoys carving masks, Hamat'sa masks, and paddles. "Hamat'sa mask", "Alert Bay", "Beau Dick". The item "Set of Three Northwest Coast Native Raven Masks on Stands" is in sale since Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Canada\ Aboriginal". The seller is "artfromabove" and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Japan, Australia.
- Featured Refinements: Northwest Coast Mask
- Handmade: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Artisan: Ross Henderson
- Provenance: Ownership History Available
- Tribal Affiliation: Kwakuitl