Pacific Northwest Coast Hawk Spirit Mask hand carved hand painted reproduction.
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Coast used masks in ceremonies.
This mask represents the spirit of a hawk.
The hawk represents wisdom about seeing situations from a higher perspective. Also, it symbolizes the power of observation, and focusing on the task at hand. Therefore, this mask has a specific meaning. It is not just decoration.
9-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches approx. as each piece is hand-carved there are size variations.
Pacific Coast Shaman’s Masks
This is a hand-carved and hand-painted reproduction of a Pacific Northwest Coast native carving. The original piece is in a museum. Sourced from a ceremonial tribal mask, as used by shamans. We have other masks, such as bear, eagle, wolf, sun, ancestor, and more.
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest used carved masks in ceremonies. Such rites included commemorations of ancestors, cutting a labret, or a new tattoo. The tribes of the Pacific Coast took great pride, and gave great honor to their ancestors. The hawk spirit is portrayed on totem poles as well as on masks..
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. There, she fell in love with Pacific Coast carvings as well. 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. They were thrilled to have such faithful replicas of Pacific Northwest native carvings.