Hok Hok

About this object

History of use

The Hok Hok mask is a Hamatsa bird monster and was part of the Atlakim dance series, of which there were 40 masks. Not all would be danced in a single season. The Atlakim masks were usually roughly made and burned after 4 seasons of use.

Cultural context

contemporary art

Iconographic meaning

Hok hok is a bird monster.

Physical description

Wooden, carved, Hok Hok mask that has long straight beak with rounded end and movable lower mandible. Shredded cedar bark at top of head has five feathers, three brown and two white, and down. Twisted cedar bark nailed along upper rim, sides and lower, unraveled ends on either side of elongated rounded protuberance at base of beak; long bent brow above orange eye area which is curved and pointed at base of beak, pointed eyelid lines have red optic liners, circular pupil; u forms on temples; conical protruding nostrils have circular ends and u forms along length; black beak has series of u forms above and below red lip band; lower mandible is slightly longer than upper beak. Frontal bird face at base of lower mandible with black and white circular pupils in orange eye areas, black broad nostril nose with circle at centre for tip of beak, white band around red continuous lip band, bared teeth. Lower mandible attached to base of head by leather hinges that have been glued and stapled into place; operated by cord tied and passed through 2 metal 'eyes' on interior of beak, looped around a wooden ball and attached to the centre of a short stick; nylon line looped and tied through two holes at base of head. Signed 'Hok Hok Beau Dick 80.'