Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw)
14″ x 11″ x 7″
Small scale, but exceptionally carved, this mask captures the essence of the Pookmis spirit. Beau has incorporated twisted fabric and a cork buoy as a reference to the sea, with the white colouration indicating cold and hypothermia. Elegantly simple, the facial features depict an otherworldly sea being, sometimes referred to as the Drowned Fisherman or Whaler Spirit. The shape of his lips, are meant to indicate his sucking up of souls lost at sea. It is said that when a whaler drowns, Pookmis swallows their spirit, and carries it back to their home village. He then blows it back out during their funerary ceremony.