Image of a darkened corner in the Potlatch Gallery with a cedar chest visible in the foreground. Corner of the Potlatch Gallery showing a large cedar post and a group of wolf masks. Corner of the Potlatch Gallery showing a group of masks and headdresses from the potlatch collection View from the west end of the Potlatch Gallery showing the north side and entrance wall.

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Gwalkwamł - Deaf Man Mask

Colour photograph of the deaf man mask shot against a black background

This dance mask represents the history of a man from the Mamalilikala. His family and fellow chiefs wanted him to uphold his chiefly position and host a feast. Because he would not listen to them, they felt that they had no choice but to kill him. This story is still told today through a dance that is performed by the families of his tribe. Look for the Deaf Man mask being danced in the film playing this gallery.

Owner: Iwakalas, Harry Hanuse, Mamalilikala (Village Island)