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Male face mask with deep mouth shadow, small circular eyes, and slightly pursed lips. Colours are green, red and white. Wicker-like strap at the back of the mask is attached to holes on the sides.

History Of Use

Male mask. Worn by dancer who clowns during Tlha'sala performance (D. Roberts, 1966). This is a gaxalagamlh: one who arrives during the reception dance on the beach, not so much a visitor--more of an intruder. One chief would insult his rival through his comments using the gaxala (B. Scow, 1966).

Cultural Context

Part of atłaamł dance series.

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