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Douglas David - Pookmis Mask

SKU: #DD205


Douglas is from the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations Territory located in British Columbia. The Pookmis (Nearly Drowned Man) is a prominent story that is told throughout Vancouver Island and as far north as Haida Gwaii.
The Pookmis is a sea spirit in human form, often described as a drowned whale hunter – he is often depicted with a ghostly appearance. He is fast moving, and dangerous to seafarers.
In art, Pookmis is depicted with a fish-like face; round eyes in well-defined sockets; gills; prominent, rounded contours on the face; prominent front teeth or pursed lips; often in white; sometimes with protruding eyes and claws. Douglas hand carved this mask out of red cedar wood, used cedar bark and goat hair and painted it with acrylic paint.

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