Otter Woman Mask (2016) - Beau Dick (Kwakwaka'wakw) - Red cedar, acrylic, horsehair, and graphite - 21" x 20" x 12"

Original size is 667 × 667 pixels

Otter Woman has the ability to navigate between the realms of the spirit world and the human world. She coaxes and seduces those she encounters with her ability to transform into any other being or person. She can successfully deceive those who find themselves in her presence. A person may believe that they are speaking to a friend or relative, only to find themselves immersed in the spirit world, slowly transforming into a Land Otter themselves. Given all of these powers and attributes, Otter Woman is considered a strong shamanic figure.