Hand-carved and hand-painted reproductions of Pacific Northwest native shamans’ masks and helmets The original pieces these are copies of are mostly museum pieces in institutions such as the Smithsonian and the British Museum. Sourced from ceremonial tribal masks, and helmets, as used by shamans.
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest used masks in various ceremonies.
Tribes indigenous to that region include the Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, Heiltsuk, and Kwakwak’wakw..
The masks all have meaning and symbolism, as described in each individual product description. Eagles, hawks, bears, wolves, the sun, and so on, are all powerful totems.
Although they are made to serve as home decor, these masks and helmets are life-sized. That means that they are wearable by most adults.
We are big fans of the artwork of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. For one thing, one of us is from NW Canada. Another one of our principals grew up near the Museum of the American Indian in New York, and fell in love with the objects that these products are based on. Sadly, the young native people of the Pacific Northwest tribes have largely discontinued the age-old traditional art of carving. Therefore, works of art like these are largely unavailable, or cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. We worked with talented wood carvers in Bali, and developed various reproductions with them. When we sold imports in the 1990s, the majority of our customers for these museum reproductions were native American and Canadian store owners who were thrilled to have such faithful replicas of Pacific Northwest native carvings.
Pacific Northwest Masks