Hamasa Raven

Artist: Randy Stiglitz
Region: Coast Salish
Material: Cedar wood

Height: 9.5″
Lenght: 8″
Depth: 20″

In the Indigenous community, it is said that the raven released the sun, moon and stars; discovered man in a clamshell; brought the salmon to the water; taught the man how to hunt and fish. The raven helps clarify vision and healing. Messages that are beyond space and time are nested in the wings of the raven and come to only those who are worth of the knowledge.

In the Inuit 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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