Masks from North America
from the Edward S. Curtis Collection
photography by Edward S. Curtis
Mask of the octopus hunter – Qagyuhl
Ceremonial mask worn by a dancer portraying the hunter in Bella Bella mythology who killed the giant man-eating octopus. The dance was performed during Tluwulahu, a four day ceremony prior to the Winter Dance.
Photo and caption from Edward S. Curtis Collection (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division). Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-52213.
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