Atlakim (Forest Spirit) Mask by Shawn KarpesAtlakim (Forest Spirit) Mask by Shawn Karpes
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Atlakim (Forest Spirit) Mask

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The Atlakim dance of the Kwakwaka'wakw tells a story about a boy who purifies himself and has a vision of a bighouse under a piece of moss. This mask represents the unknown ancestors rising from the forest floor.

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Shawn Karpes
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2003
Dimensions 10.5" X 11" X 4.5"
Materials & Edition red cedar, cedar bark, pumice, paint

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