Dlisula ("Sun") mask.  for the Dlu'wul'aXa (Tla'sula) ceremonial.  Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation, prior to 1900.

Dlisula ("Sun") mask. for the Dlu'wul'aXa (Tla'sula) ceremonial. Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation, prior to 1900.

Silas Coon ( Kwakwaka'wakw )  - Four Way Miniature Transformation Mask featuring Kulus, Cormorant, Kingfisher and Bear

Silas Coon ( Kwakwaka'wakw ) - Four Way Miniature Transformation Mask featuring Kulus, Cormorant, Kingfisher and Bear

Transformation Mask Representing the Sun Bob Harris, Kwakwaka’wakw, Canada (British Columbia) The National Museum of the American Indian

Transformation Mask Representing the Sun Bob Harris, Kwakwaka’wakw, Canada (British Columbia) The National Museum of the American Indian

Kwakwaka'wakw or Kwakiutl Native American Totemic Statues, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL (1893). Photograph taken by Charles Francis Himes while at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. From the Charles Francis Himes Family Papers. Archives and Special Collections. Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Via Flickr.

Kwakwaka'wakw or Kwakiutl Native American Totemic Statues, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL (1893). Photograph taken by Charles Francis Himes while at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. From the Charles Francis Himes Family Papers. Archives and Special Collections. Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Via Flickr.

Black Swan  Rande Cook  Northwest Coast (Kwakwaka'wakw)  Red Cedar  12" x 24"  2012

Black Swan Rande Cook Northwest Coast (Kwakwaka'wakw) Red Cedar 12" x 24" 2012

1920-1925 Kwakwaka'wakw (First Nations) Yagim Mask by George Walkus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1920-1925 Kwakwaka'wakw (First Nations) Yagim Mask by George Walkus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Bee Masks Carved by Willie Seaweed and his son Joe Seaweed, Kwakwaka'wakw. 1940's UBC Museum of Anthropology Collection, Vancouver, CA Photo by W. McLennan

Bee Masks Carved by Willie Seaweed and his son Joe Seaweed, Kwakwaka'wakw. 1940's UBC Museum of Anthropology Collection, Vancouver, CA Photo by W. McLennan

Unknown Kwakwaka’wakw artist (Kwakwaka’wakw): Thunderbird Mask, 1880/1890, wood, paint, and hair.

Unknown Kwakwaka’wakw artist (Kwakwaka’wakw): Thunderbird Mask, 1880/1890, wood, paint, and hair.

Ellen Neel Ellen Neel (1916–1966) was a Kwakwaka'wakw artist woodcarver and is the first woman known to have professionally carved totem poles. She came from Alert Bay, British Columbia, and her work is in public collections throughout the world. Scholar Priya Helweg writes, "Until Ellen Neel emerged as a professional carver in the late 1920's no women are named as carvers in the literature."Neel inspired subsequent First Nation women.

Ellen Neel Ellen Neel (1916–1966) was a Kwakwaka'wakw artist woodcarver and is the first woman known to have professionally carved totem poles. She came from Alert Bay, British Columbia, and her work is in public collections throughout the world. Scholar Priya Helweg writes, "Until Ellen Neel emerged as a professional carver in the late 1920's no women are named as carvers in the literature."Neel inspired subsequent First Nation women.

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