Northwest Coast Indian Masks Photos

The Native Americans who inhabited the Pacific Coast from Alaska through British Columbia carved masks with faces of people & animals in the unique styles of these several tribes.

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Nisga'a mask at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Woman giving birth wooden first nations mask by Mungo Martin of Fort Rupert at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Kwakwaka'wakw mask of two sea lions around ancestor face at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan old man mask at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Nisga'a mask (c1850) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Woman giving birth wooden first nations mask (c1940) by Mungo Martin (Nakapankam) of Fort Rupert at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Kwakwaka'wakw mask of two sea lions around ancestor face (1880-1920) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan old man mask (1880-1910) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Kwakiutl Dzoonokwa mask at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Northwest coast native Dzunk'wa Cannibal Woman Mask from Knights Inlet of Vancouver Island, BC at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Tsimshian mask from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Tlingit ceremonial thunderbird headdress from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.
Kwakiutl Dzoonokwa mask (1917) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Northwest coast native Dzunk'wa Cannibal Woman Mask (19th C) from Knights Inlet of Vancouver Island, BC at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Tsimshian mask (19th C) from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Tlingit ceremonial thunderbird headdress (late 1800s) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.
Nisga'a frontlet headdress with white owl from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Collection of Northwest Coast native wooden human face masks at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch figure & welcome figure at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Kwakiutl transformation mask at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Nisga'a frontlet headdress with white owl (19th C) from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Collection of Northwest Coast native wooden human face masks (1830-1979) at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch figure (c1930) & welcome figure (19th C) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Kwakiutl transformation mask (1917) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Kwakwaka'wakw northwest coast wooden whale mask at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Kwakiutl carved wood killer whale mask & other Northwest Coast masks from British Columbia at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Kwakiutl whale transformation mask at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Kwakwaka'wakw four-faced mask by George Walkus at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Kwakwaka'wakw northwest coast wooden whale mask (1900) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Kwakiutl carved wood killer whale mask (c1880) & other Northwest Coast masks from British Columbia at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Kwakiutl whale transformation mask (c1890) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Kwakwaka'wakw four-faced mask (c1938) by George Walkus at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Northwest Coast native wooden mask of Crooked Beak by Willie Seaweed of Blunden Harbour at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Bella Bella or Bella Coola eagle mask at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.
Northwest Coast native wooden mask of Crooked Beak (c1940) by Willie Seaweed of Blunden Harbour at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask (late 19th C) from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask (late 19th C) from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Bella Bella or Bella Coola eagle mask (c1890) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.
Nuxalk thunder figure mask at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan eagle headdress at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast native wooden eagle war helmet by Tlingit artist of Angoon at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Northwest Coast native wooden Box of Daylight Raven hat by Tlingit artist of Taku at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Nuxalk thunder figure mask (c1880) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan eagle headdress (1870-1910) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast native wooden eagle war helmet (c1780) by Tlingit artist of Angoon at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Northwest Coast native wooden Box of Daylight Raven hat (c1850) by Tlingit artist of Taku at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Northwest coast native crest hat in raven form at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Teikweidi brown bear clan hat at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of black bear at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest coast native crest hat in frog form at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Northwest coast native crest hat in raven form (1860-80) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Teikweidi brown bear clan hat (c1860) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of black bear (c1870-1900) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest coast native crest hat in frog form (1850-80) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Nuxalk face headdress at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Heiltsuk frontlet with mask at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast native wooden feast dish of Crooked Beak by Calvin Hunt of Fort Rupert at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Northwest Coast native wooden Image of the Sun by Nuxalk artist at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Nuxalk face headdress (c1860) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Heiltsuk frontlet with mask (c1880) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast native wooden feast dish of Crooked Beak (1994) by Calvin Hunt (Tlasutiwalis) of Fort Rupert at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Northwest Coast native wooden Image of the Sun (c1880) by Nuxalk artist at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Kwakiutl sea urchin transformation mask from British Columbia at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Head-form rattle by Haida culture of Queen Charlotte islands , BC at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.

Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw) sea urchin transformation mask (c1890-1920) from British Columbia at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Head-form rattle (early-mid 19th C) by Haida culture of Queen Charlotte islands (Haida Gwaii), BC at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.


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