Artifacts

Bentwood Box
ITEM: NMEMG 1923_3_3
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This Bentwood Box has been attributed to the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe due to the use of red cedar and the bold, less symmetrical design. Likely to be a model of a box made in three sections with a cover. The bentwood box was a principle piece of furniture for houses on the Northwest Coast and had a number of uses as... read more

Kwakwaka’waka Mask
ITEM: 1249
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Kwakwaka’wakw artists are considered skilled woodcarvers with masks being their most famous carvings. This mask is in the form of a human face and displays characteristics that identify it to be made by a Kwakwaka’wakw artist. Carved from light-weight red cedar bark, the mask would have been easy to wear. However, there are no holes in the eye sockets for... read more

Sisiutl Feast Dish
ITEM: NMEMG 1923_3_5
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This bowl features a Kwakwaka’wakw double headed sea serpent design known as Sisiutl that typifies Kwakwaka’wakw art more than any other creature. An important creature in Kwakwaka’wakw mythology, the Sisiutl Feast Dish was used during special ceremonies. Sisiutl is a dramatic mythical and supernatural creature that could transform itself into many things. It is told that Sisiutl killed and ate the... read more