This XwiXwi Mask is hand-carved and painted by Karver Everson from the K’ómoks and Kwaguł First Nation. This mask has been painted in acrylic and finished with copper, cedar bark, and goose feathers. The mask is about 25 inches or 63 cm tall, 24 inches or 60 cm wide, and about 9 1/2 inches or 24 cm deep.
XwiXwi masks originated from the Sxwaixwe, a sacred Coast Salish mask. Though the Salish have many spirit dances and songs, the Sxwaixwe is their only dance mask. Imbued with great supernatural powers, this underwater being was associated with healing and rumbling earthquakes. The Sxwaixwe mask had large peg eyes, no lower mandible, and bird heads for a nose and above its forehead. The dancer carried a large scallop shell rattle.
Karver Everson’s grandfather, Andy Frank, described the K’ómoks rights to the mask coming from an origin story in which the XwiXwi, appearing almost otherworldly, emerged close to the junction of the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers and interacted with the ancestors of the K’ómoks people. After that carvers depicted the likeness of the supernatural being with protruding eyes because they believed the underwater spirit needed big eyes to see properly.
Nearly 150 years ago, the Kwakwaka’wakw acquired the rights to the mask from the K’ómoks people as part of a marriage dowry. They modified the unique Salish mask to create their own special version of the XwiXwi.
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