Na'nalalal Weather Dance Headdress Harry Hanuse‘Na’nalalał or Weather Dance
Weather Dance Headdress Mamalilikala
The Weather-Dance represents the power of the elements and the forces of nature that control our every day lives. The dance involves rapid movements of the body from left to right following the rhythms of the song. The torso is slightly tilted forward and the hands are open and upward with palms toward the front at about the height of the shoulders. The dancer wears a blanket that is ornamented with feathers and a forehead mask with a long beak projecting outwards and worn on the forehead. The dance is sometimes referred to as the "Dance-of-the-Wind". The lively movements of the blanket are made by the dancer and imitate the winds and higher altitudes of the atmosphere. The dancer is initiated by Baxbakwalanuksiwe’.
“Secret Societies of the Kwagu’ł Indians"
, by Franz Boas.
The ‘Na’nalalał masks in the collection are listed as belonging to:
Harry Hanuse UCC-94.09.002.