This Pookoobs Mask is carved in red cedar by Russell Tate from the Ditidaht First Nation on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The mask is painted in white and red acrylic and features white feathers and a small bundle of cedar bark on top of the mask, and black horse hair.
This mask, not including the hair, measures approximately 11 inches or 28 centimeters high, 8 inches or 20 1/4 centimeters wide, and 6 1/4 inches or 16 centimeters deep.
Including the hair, the mask measures about 23 inches or 58 1/2 centimeters high, 11 inches or 28 centimeters wide, and 6 1/4 inches or 16 centimeters deep.
Pookoobs, Pookmis, or the Wild Man of the Sea is a mythological figure of a Whale Hunter who was lost at sea and transformed into a protector spirit. Traditionally, Pookoobs masks are painted white to recall the effects of drowning and the lips are pursed to indicate the Pookoobs distinct “Ooo Ooo” cry.