Sxwayxwey Mask

About this object

History of use

Used in cleansing ceremonies, weddings, bestowing of names and ceremonies for the dead.

Iconographic meaning

This mask is of the type described as Sawbill-face by Wayne Suttles in his 1982 article on the Halkomelem Sxwayxwey.

Physical description

Sawbill-face mask with protruding cylindrical eyes. Two bird's heads on top of face. A third bird's head forms the nose.