BABINE CARRIER MASK circa 1910
This mask has been danced. White face with mustache and eyebrows painted in red. Small square piece of tin also painted red, attached to the chin, represents a lip block. The three raven feathers may indicate that the dancer was a member of the raven clan. Leather strap attached inside
Because it was customary to burn the masks after the potlatch in fear of consistent policy raids, very few Babine Carrier Masks have survived. Although the neighboring Gitksan people who lived to the west across the Bulkley River, around Haselton, carved in a distinctive north west coast style, Babine masks bear a striking resemblance to Siberian Koryak masks.
Babine Carrier Masks are rarely seen in museums.
This mask was attached to the ceiling for many years in the Inuit Gallery formerly Hills Store in Gaston, Vancouver.
It had a note attached: not for sale.
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