Owl Mask

Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation UCC- 80.01.28 The Owl is one of the characters that appear in both the T’seka and T’a’sala ceremonies. Owl represents the “Wise One” and the keeper of their knowledge. Every animal has its role and teachings as a part of this ceremony. In Kwakwaka’wakw culture, Owl is associated with ill fortune and is often the messenger of death. To hear the owl call your name is a calling for you to join the spirits of the dead, and it is believed you will soon die. When the dance is performed the dancer will accentuate the distinctive bulging eyes and fierce expression of the mask with the owl-like movements, keeping his head forward and eyes straight ahead.

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