Nutlamat mask by Aubrey Johnston Sr

Nutlamat mask by Aubrey Johnston Sr

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59x46x28.5 (cm)

The most distinct characteristic of Nulamal is his particularly large nose, greatly exaggerated in masks, and heavy dropping eyebrows. A red ring representing red cedar bark is on the mask or a row of cedar bark is used in place of the carved and painted ring."The Nulamal (Fool Dancer) plays an important role in the Winter Ceremony.This dancer functions in many capacities, most importantly as a messenger or a helper of the Hamat'sa (the Cannibal Dances). His duty is to help enforce the law that governs proper potlatch behavior. A mistake or an accident in a dance triggered reckless, destructive violence on the part of all those who were Nulamal. Like the Hamat'sa, these dancers have been initiated by a powerful spirit, Alasimk, Nulamal detests anything clean, calm, or attractive. He is senselessly aggressive. At last, this Fool Dancer flies into a frenzy whenever anything to do with nose is mentioned.