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Sisiutl figure. A flat wooden piece that has a central frontal head and a profile head on either side. The central head has two upward and outward curling horn-like appendages at the top. Each profile head has a neck with multi-coloured scales, rectangular teeth, and a wavy protruding tongue.

History Of Use

Carried as a wand or suspended from the ceiling during the War Dance. Sisiutl figured largely in Kwakwaka'wakw mythology and ceremonial life. It often appears on headdresses, belts, dishes, and other ritual objects

Iconographic Meaning

Represents Sisiutl, a double-headed serpent, often called Lightning Snake, assistant to Winalagalis, the War Spirit. It was dangerous, powerful, and impervious to human weaponry.

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