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Kolus Headdress by Johnathan Jacobson, Kwakwaka'wakw

Kolus Headdress by Johnathan Jacobson, Kwakwaka'wakw

Regular price $4,800.00 Sale

Kolus Headdress
by Johnathan Jacobson, Kwakwaka'wakw

ced cedar, cedar bark, copper
24" tall x 27.5" wide x 8" deep

Kolus is a young Thunderbird who lives in the sky. Similar to Thunderbird, he is smaller and does not have spiral horns. In mask or headdress form, Kolus is often depicted with blue paint representing the sky. Instead of feathers, Kolus has a coat of white down so thick that he gets very hot. When he is overheated, he removes his down and becomes human for a while. In many origin stories, Kolus flew down from heaven and shed his costume to become the founding ancestor of a tribe or clan. Because of this, he is respected as a helpful and protective spirit of chosen ancestors.

Jonathan Jacobson
is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation, born in Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia, and currently residing in Fort Rupert. Jonathan loves creating traditional Kwakwaka’wakw style art, but also loves to experiment with contemporary carving techniques and color application, expanding the artform and creating his own signature style.

He is best known for carving large pieces, and is well known for his traditional Hamatsa Ceremonial Ravens and Crooked Beaks. It is very important to him to embellish the masks with hand finished cedar bark rope and cedar bark strands. The making of cedar bark rope is a laborious task, and is considered an art form in and of itself.