Lawit̕sis mask

Date:
unknown, but before 1913
Record:
RBCM 1911 a, b

One day a butterfly visited Numas, the ancestor of the Nuna̱masax̱alis, a clan of the Lawit̕sis people, who lived alone at a lake near what is now Port Hardy. The butterfly told Numas about people who lived by the salt water and what to do to become as powerful as the salt water chief. Numas’s descendants settled at Kalugwis on Turnour Island. They kept Butterfly as their crest. Charles F. Newcombe purchased this mask in 1913. The right to use the Butterfly mask in ceremonies remains a Lawit̕sis privilege.

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This object selected by Dr Martha Black.