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The plate shows a group of masked and costumed performers in the winter ceremony. The chief who is holding the dance stands at the left, grasping a speaker's staff and wearing cedar-bark neck-ring and head-band, and a few of the spectators are visible at the right. At the extreme left is seen a part of the painted mawihil through which the dancers emerge from the secret room; and in the centre, between the carved house-posts, is the Awaitlala hams'pek, showing three of the five mouths through which the hamatsa wriggles from the top to the bottom of the column. See page 175 and footnote.
Kwakiutl Indians Manners and customs Native Americans Photogravure Portraits Portraits, Group Portrait photography Masks
Photogravure, 22.25 x 18.25 inches: The North American Indian; being a series of volumes picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, and Alaska, 970.6 C942 vol.10 plates, William Smith Mason Collection of Western Americana, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library