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Large, carved bird mask with a long beak, a high bridge and ovoid shaped cutout nostrils. The beak is hinged with pieces of rubber nailed to either side. The beak is painted black with a red mouth and nose. At the back of the nose is a large red split U-forms. The bridge has six red U-forms on the bottom and eight, white U-forms on top. The eyes are white, outlined in black, on a white, ovoid shaped background; brow is black. Underneath the eye is four white U’s. The inside of the mask is hollow with the exception of twine used to open and close the beak along with a fibre cloth. The top and side edges of the mask are lined with braided cedar. The top has short pieces of cedar creating a fringe, while the back has longer strips that hang over the wearer. The mask is painted black, red, and white with stylized designs.

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Huxwhukw mask, worn by a Hamats!a dancer.

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