Nisga’a mask

unknown, but before 1909
RBCM 9694

This beautiful mask was collected by Charles F. Newcombe at the Nass River in 1909. It belongs to the Killer whale clan and represents the moon, thus depicting the passage of time. In 2010, the Royal BC Museum transferred 155 cultural objects to the Nisga’a Nation under the terms of the Nisga’a treaty and retained a similar number, this mask among them. The transferred objects are now on display in the Nisga’a Museum (Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a) at Laxgalts’ap. The Moon mask is on display in the Royal BC Museum’s permanent exhibition, Nisga’a: People of the Nass River, which was done in partnership with Nisga’a Lisims Government and focuses on the Nisga’a treaty.

This object selected by Dr Martha Black.