Gwa’yam – Humpback or Grey Whale
When the Gwa’yam is shown in the Big House it can represent a whale or an Imas or ancestor. Traditionally, the Kwakwaka’wakw used the baleen from the Gwa’yam for headdresses. Look for the blue raven headdress in this gallery – it has baleen tied to the top rim.
Owner: Alex Currie (Alex owns two whales)
Owner: Yekutłikalas, Sam Charlie, Mamalilikala (Village Island)