Mask - Baxwbakwalanuksiwe'
Artist: Michael Price
Baxwbakwalanuksiwe' - Man Eater at the North End of the World
During the winter, there is a four-day, complex dance that serves to initiate new members of Hamatsa. The Hamatsa dancer represents the spirit of Baxbaxwalanuksiwe ("Man-Eater at the North End of the World"); who can transform into various man-eating birds and has mouths all over his body. Hamatsa initiates are possessed by Baxwbakwalanuksiwe'. On the first day of the Hamatsa ceremonies the initiate is lured out of the woods and brought into the Big House to be tamed. When the initiate returns, he enacts his cannibalistic possession symbolically. Gwaxwgwakwalanuksiwe' is the most prestigious role in the Supernatural Man-Eater Birds ceremony; he is a man-eating raven. Galuxwadzuwus ("Crooked-Beak of Heaven") and Hok Hok are other participants.
This mask is skillfully hand carved and hand painted by Northwest Coast First Nation artist Michael Price. This mask is carved from Red Cedar, and painted with acrylic paints.
The mask is Baxwbakwalanuksiwe' with smaller masks around. The smaller masks include the Raven, the Hok Hok, and the Crooked Beak.
Without Smaller Masks: 10" L x 9 1/2" H x 6" W
With Smaller Masks: 17 1/2" L x 16" H x 6" W