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ʼMa̱kwa̱la - Ho'miskanis (Don Svanvik)

ʼMa̱kwa̱la - Ho'miskanis (Don Svanvik)

The feature of a ʼMa̱kwa̱la (Moon) mask are often carved in such a way tht the face appears flatter than is typical of other masks, reduced in prominence to suggest a face in the Moon.

TheʼMa̱kwa̱la (Moon) in the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw mythology

The Upper World is the home of Sun, Moon, Stars, the Thunderbird and the ancestors. It may be reached by a chain of arrows or by a ladder which the visitors climbs. In the sky lives Lelaba'lisela (Going-from-one-end-of-the-World-to-the-other). In a tale the Sun, Moon and a girl are his children. Sun and Moon live in a house painted with the design of the Sun and the Moon to the right and left, with that a Thunderbird over the doorway. This house as well as that of the mythical ancestors is called Overhanging-Mountain. At last, the Moon is also responsible for controlling the tides.


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