Cradle Puppet Cloth

About this object

History of use

Used in dances.


U'dzistalis, a Kwakwaka'wakw man, married a Heiltsuk woman from Bella Bella, who brought this privilege: k!is'u with her. Brought from Bella Bella before I was born (D. Roberts, D. Hawkins, 1966). Mrs. J. Roberts has the original (B. Scow, 1966).

Iconographic meaning

Represents child born of an incestuous marriage: hilhdzaqw. Parents lived in the woods, but child returned to its village.

Physical description

A bifurcated, roughly pennant-shaped piece of white cloth painted with a Northwest Coast design in black. A small piece of wood is tied to the upper right corner.