Bakwas mask by Wayne Alfred

Bakwas mask by Wayne Alfred

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25x21x12 (cm)

The Bak'was in kwakwakw'wakw culture is one malevolent ghost spirit and is universally recognized under different guises by all Northwest Coast groups. His characteristics are constant, he's the keeper of drowned souls, he causes loss of reason and sanity. He lures those seeking escape into the night woods with a faint firelight.

For the Kwakwakw'wakw people, the name of this ghostly spirit is the Bak'was. He is a small, shy, green hair body that is ice cold to touch. bak'was which translates to "man of the Ground embodiment.