Large Moon Mask with Salmon Design

$9,584.00 USD

Calvin Hunt carved this large Moon Mask in red cedar and painted the formlines with red, green, and black acrylic.

This mask measures 38 inches or 97 centimeters across and 6 1/2 inches or close to 17 centimeters deep. Copper ovoids are inlaid in the Moon’s eyes. Calvin’s daughter, Ali Hunt, created the twined cedar bark to adorn the rim.

Calvin Hunt’s large Moon Mask is mounted on a circular cedar rim painted with four salmon. Two males swim at the top of the mask, two female salmon circle below. The male and female’s tail fins appear on either side of the moon’s eyes. The salmons’ hooked snouts signal their natural changes as they enter the brackish waters leading to their natal streams. Inside the female bodies are red salmon eggs represented by small red circles. The Moon, transforming with cyclical phases, echoes the natural physical transformation of spawning salmon as they return from their mysterious four-year odyssey in the open ocean to enter the last phase of their journey to spawn and to die.

In stories and ceremonies, salmon reflect ideas about wealth, supernatural power, regeneration, reincarnation, transformation, and the synthesis between supernatural and social experience. The First Salmon ceremonies mark a time of renewal for both humans and fish. Once spawning is finished and the fish die, the continuity of their species is ensured by the fertilized eggs. The people treated the first salmon taken each year with ritual respect in cooking and consuming. The bones of these special fish were carefully gathered and returned to the water in order that the bones be refleshed and the souls of the salmon could thus swim back to their underwater Salmon Villages. This exchange—salmon giving themselves to people and people returning the stuff of regeneration to salmon—ensured the continuity of the salmon runs each season and the continuity of life itself.

Calvin Hunt writes:

First ceremonies follow strict protocols that show respect for the species and the nourishment it provides, for protection against sicknesses and for bringing wealth. Our spiritual world is interconnected with our physical, mental and emotional worlds.

Salmon People live in villages deep under the ocean. At springtime, the immortal humans put on their Salmon masks so they can offer themselves as food to the people., Ceremony through language, song and prayer is undertaken at harvest time to give thanks so that the Salmon will continue their annual journey each year.

In Kwagu’ł Culture, twins are a blessing from the Salmon people, and twins are automatically given the rights to the Salmon dance and crest. Salmon symbolize abundance, fertility, regeneration, perseverance and renewal.

Calvin Hunt carved this stunning mask in red cedar and painted the formlines with red, green, and black acrylic. This large mask measures 3 feet or 91 centimeters across. Copper ovoids are inlaid in the Moon’s eyes. Calvin’s daughter, Ali Hunt, created the twined cedar bark to adorn the rim.


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Shipping Information

We ship internationally!

Free shipping to the USA and Canada.

The Shipping times mentioned below are estimates for orders that we have in our inventory and are not guaranteed . Shipping to the USA or other international locations may be delayed due to national customs organizations, especially now due to the COVID-19 impact. These delays are not included in the shipping estimates mentioned and are out of our control.

If you have a specific shipping / delivery deadline, please call or email us, to make sure we have the item that you would like to order in stock.

Custom orders or orders for items that we don’t have in our inventory, or don’t have the exact size in stock, will take longer. It usually takes 2 – 4 weeks depending on the individual item and artist, to have individual items carved. Custom orders may take somewhat longer.

International Shipping - items may be subject to customs processing depending on the item's declared value.

Sellers set the item's declared value and must comply with customs declaration laws.

As the buyer, you should be aware of possible:

- delays from customs inspection.

- import duties and taxes which buyers must pay.

- brokerage fees payable at the point of delivery.

Your country's customs office can offer more details.

Regular Shipping:

We usually use Canada Post services without tracking information for our regular shipping option. The delivery standards for surface/air shipping are usually 2 - 9 business days (Canada), 5 - 12 business days (USA), 6 - 35 business days (Europe) and 6-35 business days to the other continents. If your shipping address is remote, delivery times may increase. These delivery standards are estimates and are not guaranteed.

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If you would like to find a faster priority / express shipping service, than the ones mentioned in the shopping cart, or if shipping times are less important than the cost, please contact us for a custom shipping quote. Delivery dates mentioned below are approximations that do not include delays due to International Customs or unforeseen circumstances. The delivery standards for Priority™ Worldwide( Usually through FedEx ) are usually 2-3 business days (USA), 3-5 business days (Europe) and 4-6 business days to the other continents. The delivery standards for International Parcel Surface can be up to 7 weeks. If your shipping address is remote, delivery times may increase. These delivery standards are estimates and are not guaranteed.

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Return/Refund Policy

Returns / Cancellation of Custom Orders

If for some reason you are not 100 percent satisfied with the piece of art received, please contact us before you return it. We offer you the opportunity to return it, if you inform us within the first five days after delivery, that you would like to return it. 

This offer is under the condition that it is not a custom order, it was not worn, it is in the same condition it was originally shipped and we are informed about the return, before it is shipped back. We will send you a return confirmation.

Custom orders or personalized artwork (with personal message/engraving) are not returnable. Down payments for custom orders are also not refundable, if the artwork has been started.

If you return the item / items from outside of Canada, make sure you specify on the description for customs that it is a return, as well as that the item is made in Canada.

After receiving the returned piece of art, we will refund the full purchase price minus the actual shipping costs and any customs and/or brokerage fees we were charged. Customs and brokerage fees can usually be evaded if you return your purchase with your national postal service. Using FedEx, UPS or any other private shipping company will often lead to customs and/or brokerage fees.

We do accept that for Christmas gifts bought in November and December, the delivery date for our return policy will be December 25th, instead of the actual date your order is delivered. Please contact us on or before December 30th, if you would like to return or exchange your purchase.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

Refunds (if applicable)

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. If everything is ok, we will also notify you of your refund.

If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

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Exchanges (if applicable)

We only replace items if they are defective or damaged at delivery. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at and send your item to:

Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery, 2926 Back Road, Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 9G9, Canada. 


To return your product, you should mail your product to:

Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery, 2926 Back Road, Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N9G9, Canada

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the original cost of shipping it to you will be deducted from your refund.

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If you return the item / items from outside of Canada, make sure you specify on the description for customs that it is a return, as well as that the item is made in Canada.

We can't guarantee that we will receive your returned item.