Loon Headdress/Mask


(by Kathryn Holt)

The research on this subject is from pictures taken by Edward Curtis in the 1800s from a Tluwulahu Mask. In several Coastal cultures the loon was considered sacred and was thought to embody the spirit of old allies, signified by the haunting wailing sound of its cries. The mask was worn on the head to imitate the loon changing into the form of a man.

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