Killer Whale Transformation Mask

wood carving

Killer Whale Transformation Mask - wood carving by Troy Roberts
The act of transformation was often played out in dances, usually with the help of a mask which was specially designed to help create the illusion. These dances were held as part of traditionally lavish community gatherings to mark impotant events such as funerals or marriages (potlatch ceremonies).

There are many legends about this great sea mammal. A favourite is the story of a whale, injured, but killed in a hunt. This whale later returned, capsized the whaler's canoe and dragged the hunters down to the underwater Village of the Whales. Once there, the people were transformed into whales.

A human head is incorporated into a faunal design, perhaps as a reminder that the creature has transformed from human into its present form.

Carved from red cedar with acrylic paint & varathane. Three sets of pulleys move the tail, head and fins.

Killer Whale Transformation Mask
Length - 5 1/2 ft
Width - 2 - 3 1/2 ft
Depth - 13"

This piece is in a private collection and is not for sale. Please contact us if you would like Troy to create a similar piece for you.
1453 Cliffe Crescent
V9W 7K6, Campbell Indian Reserve
Campbell River, B.C., Canada
Tel: 250-830-0145 (international: +1 250-830-0145)