Pugwis Mask with Cormorant

wood carving

Pugwis Mask with Cormorant - wood carving by Troy Roberts
Man-of-the-Sea is an undersea spirit in human form. This Pugwis mask has a fish-like face, round eyes in well-defined round sockets, gills, prominent, rounded contours on the face; and two large, beaver-like front teeth. Sometimes Cormorant sits on top of his head.

Pelagic cormorants (also called shags) breed along the Northwest Coast, along with double-crested and Brandt's cormorants. The cormorant is a diving bird, whose ability to both fly in the air and travel underwater leads to its appearance in shamanic contexts. Shamans often seek the guidance and spirit power of creatures that can move from one environment to another.

This mask is carved from red cedar with acrylic paint and varathane and dressed with natural and dyed cedar.

Pugwis Mask with Cormorant
Height - 36 "
Width - 24 "
1453 Cliffe Crescent
V9W 7K6, Campbell Indian Reserve
Campbell River, B.C., Canada
Tel: 250-830-0145 (international: +1 250-830-0145)