Tsimshian masks played an important role during the winter ceremonies. Secret societies also used masks called NAX NOCS. These were the privilege of chiefs, who were initiated.
Frontlets and headdresses are used by the royal families and upper class people, to show the rights to the crests, history and territories. All these were guarded possesions, which were passed on to the next heir.
By studying older pieces in Museums and private collections I am able to redesign and carve the arts of my people, the TSIMSHIAN 1st nation of British Columbia, Canada.
Butterfly – eagle mask- out of Linde wood,with abalone shell inlays and paint.
This was a special commission and challenged me to design the butterfly around the form of the eagle.
And was a special request for the green color, enjoyed designing and carving out the forms.
The butterfly represents a person who is not of the tribe & has no crest, they are adopted
and use the butterfly as a crest, we say that the Europeans are like butterflies, flying here and there.
You can also request a special mask or frontlet, let me know and thank you for looking.
Eagle woman mask, the salmon eaters history, tells of how this group came down from the north and it´s epic journey, the capture of a young prince from a Kalhon, then on the other side the capture of a great warrior by a supernatural halibut, and then the thunderbird who came along as the halibut came ashore. The eagle woman is the linage of this tribal group and shows her royal lineage with a abalone shell labret in her lip.
Wildman of the woods, or over here it is called “Krampus” Out Linden, antlers, bone, abalone shell, cedar bark.
Young eagle prince, Linden, abalone shell, cedar bark
Prince of raven frontlet, made out of yellow cedar, with spirit helpers on the sides, abalone shell and copper, these are symbols of wealth and were for the royal lineage. These pieces where used by young persons in line for chief. Yellow cedar, abalone shell, copper, cedar bark, furs, cloth, paint.
Raven head dress out of red cedar, made for a young prince of ravens, used by him as he sat beside the chief, showing he status as the next in line. This would then be put away, and used again by the nest in line to be a upcoming chief. Made out of red cedar, yew wood, abalone shell, feathers, fur, cedar bark band.
Mountain goat mask, tells the story of our people when they lived up the Skeena river many generations before.
Alder, fur, abalone shell, horn, was made complete for dancing with eye holes.
Bear mother mask, a famous story along the Skeena river, this piece is in permanent collection in Stuggart Museum.
Yellow cedar, copper, abalone shell
SUPERNATURAL EAGLE!! THE GREAT THUNDERBIRD.
The headdress was used and danced already. The thunderbird is known up and down the coast, and is also a subcrest of my people.
It would fly out of it´s mountain home high above and seek out whales, the thunder roar comes from its flapping wings. When it locates it prey, it would blink it´s eyes and send out lighting bolts, killing it, and would grasp the whale in it´s claws to bring home to the family for food.
Linde wood, abalone shell inlays, cedar bark, leather, paint and hair
Tsimshian Bawus mask, – wild man of the woods.
Out of Linde, with hair, paint and opercula shell inlays.
white spirit otter mask, otter was a shaman´s helper, and a transformer.
alder, abalone shell, copper, hair
young eagle mask
represents a young eagle, with copper, abalone shell, as forms of wealth, which means this piece was made for a prince.
Alder,copper, abalone shell, cedar bark, paint
Raven of the north, a strong character, he lives in the north and is from the royal lineage.
Symbols of wealth: abalone shell and copper pieces, the reflection of light, brightness.
Alder, abalone shell, copper, hair
Eagle Chief of the sky
Alder,abalone shell,cedar bark
Ligidaduuls – woman spirit of the sea.
dance mask, shows the drown + devoured soul in the eyes.
The mask was made out of alder, then stored till the fungus (spalding) started on it. This gives it the fine colored grains.
alder, opercula,cedar bark ,abalone shell
Contact for info, to commission.