Shawn Karpes

Sisiulth and Kolus Headdress

$2,500.00 CAD
  • Sisiulth and Kolus Headdress

Shawn Karpes

Sisiulth and Kolus Headdress

$2,500.00 CAD

This Sisiulth and Kolus Headdress was hand-carved by Namgis artist Shawn Karpes. The bottom of the headdress is carved from red cedar, painted in red and black acrylic, and features a Sisiulth or Sea Serpent design. On the top is a removable Ko'lus design, carved from red cedar, painted in white, black and red acrylic and attached by a hand-carved yellow cedar dowel.

The Sisuilth or sea serpent is a symbol of protection, supernatural power and revival. The Sisiutl is a supernatural three-headed serpent that possesses shapeshifting abilities and the ability to turn spectators into stone when gazed upon. Not only can the Sisiutl change shape into a human or animal, but it can also transform its body into a self-propelled canoe that the owner must feed with seals.

Kolus is a young Thunderbird, sometimes referred to as the younger brother or sister of Thunderbird. Instead of feathers, the Kolus has a coat of white down so thick it makes him hot and prone to sweating. Like the Thunderbird, the Kolus has the ability to transform in to a human. When overheated, the Kolus removes his down to become temporarily human. A highly respected symbol, Kolus is known as a protector spirit. In many origin stories, a Kolus flew down from heaven and shed his coat, transforming into a human and becoming the founding ancestor of the tribe or clan.

Both the Kolus and Sisiulth are crests from Gilford Island in British Columbia. Sisiulth is an important crest for the Namgis peoples and is associated with winter dances.

The headdress measures approximately 14 1/4 inches or 36 1/4 centimeters high, 11 inches or 28 centimeters wide, and 7 1/2 inches or 19 centimeters deep.

The price includes shipping to the USA and Canada.