Power Board Item Number: A9081 from the MOA: University of British Columbia

Description

Wooden figure consisting of the top section of a duntsik or power board used in winter dances. The design is cutout with Northwest Coast stylized form and outlined in black paint. The image represented is a sisiutl. There is hair adhered to the sides. Fragment of larger object.

History Of Use

Conjured up by Tokwit Dancer in the ritual of the Winalagalis.
The boards were originally fastened together, when required, by male and female dowels.

Narrative

Found in a rock cavern half way between Hayden Bay and Crosby Point, Loughborough Inlet, by a fisherman. According to the fisherman, he was told of the existence of the boards in a cave or rock cavern in the Hayden Bay area of Loughborough Inlet, by an Indian who knew of them for many years but would not touch them himself. The fisherman took the Indian on board his boat, visited the site, and recovered the boards. He stated that the boards lay in what had been a cedar covering box, with a lid hinged with gut. This box fell apart at his touch and none of it could be recovered. No other relics or any burial evidence lay in the rock cavern.