Pookmis Mask, 2017

Original size is 1200 × 1292 pixels

Cole Speck (Kwakwaka’wakw)

Red cedar, acrylic, plaster, netting, soda can

24″ x 19″ x 8″


Pookmis is represented amongst all the First Nations groups along the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, with slight variations in the story (as well as varied spellings). He is the keeper of drowned souls, and children are taught to be wary of him. He is known as Pukmis among the Nuu-chah-nulth of the West coast of Vancouver island and Gagiid to the Haida.