Imas - Ancestor Spirit
The Imas is the founding ancestor of a ̕namima or extended family group. The Imas mask and dance represents a direct link between the living family and their first ancestor. At a memorial potlatch, the Imas is shown. It is believed that the spirit of the ancestor is present to witness and validate the transfer of all the deceased person’s privileges to their inheritor.
Owner: ’Maxwalagalis, Isaac Abraham, Mamalilikala (Village Island)
Owner: Hiłamas, Ned Alvin Innis, ’Namgis (Alert Bay)