x̣uqʷaawub (Pook-ubs Mask)

About this object

Iconographic meaning

According to the artist, in the Nuu-chah-nulth whaling tradition when a crew member fell overboard, the crew didn't turn around to rescue him. But the whaler's were so fit and strong that even when they drowned, and their skin turned white and their eyes were plucked out by sea birds, the drowned person was able to live on as Pook-ubs.

Physical description

Mask with human-like face with deep contours, round eyes, long protruding mouth, very bushy eyebrows and course black hair inserted along the top of the head. Red and white paint rubbed into red cedar.