Frog Mask 58737

Artist: Thomas Bruce
Region: Kwagiult Nation
Material: Cedar wood

Height: 14″
Length: 13.5″
Depth: 6.25″

The frog symbolizes wealth and abundance. She is the spiritual assistant to the Shaman. The frog is the messenger and communicator between different species. It is valued for its adaptation because it travels freely between the two worlds: water and earth. It lives in the natural and supernatural world. The frog holds knowledge and power and is recognized as the driver of the positive spirit.

In the First Nations culture, masks are mainly used for dancing in religious ceremonies or festivals. They were performed for the enjoyment of both onlooker and performer. The masks themselves were made of spruce or cottonwood and carved with metal tools. In the Inuit culture masks had a great amount of meaning.

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