Winalagalis (War Spirit) Puppet, 2015, Beau Dick (Kwakwaka'wakw), Red cedar, acrylic and Horse hair, 60" x 20" x 12", $30,000 CAD

Original size is 667 × 1000 pixels

Winalagalis is the spirit guide and shamanic healer of Baxwbakwalanuxwsiwe (the giant at the north end of the world). Winalagalis is a tall, thin, small-headed man with bat-like eyes who travels in an invisible spirit canoe. It is not very often that Beau Dick visits this puppet. I think this is probably only the third one that I’ve seen in fifteen years. This piece is a perfect example of a quintessential Beau Dick work.