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Many masks, stories and dances are owned by native family
groups and individuals. This cultural property is passed on through
the potlatch system. Ownership of these properties is important,
reflecting the status of family in the complex society of the Northwest
Coast. The stories shown here are meant only to give insight to those
that have an interest in the meaning of this great art form.

Tsonokwa (Wildwomen)

Bookwus (Wildman)

Crooked Beak of Heaven

The First Cat In The Northwest

The Dreamer

The Ridicule mask

Komoquwa - King of the Undersea