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Hamatsa Raven Headdress Model by Sampson Robertson, Kwakwaka'wakw

Hamatsa Raven Headdress Model by Sampson Robertson, Kwakwaka'wakw

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Hamatsa Raven Headdress Model
by Sampson Robertson (1950 - 2014)
Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation
Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia, CA
red cedar, cedar bark, pigment
11" high x 15" long x 4" wide

Of all the dances of the Kwakwaka’wakw, the Hamat´sa is considered to be the most important. The right to perform this dance is owned by particular families whose members have been possessed generation after generation by the great supernatural being Baxwbakwalanuksiwe’. The dance acts out the capture, return, and calming of the initiate, who is passing from boyhood to manhood.

Although many families do the Hamat´sa, it is not uncommon to see differences in the way it is performed. These differences depend on the families’ rights and traditions. Some families have the rights to use songs, masks, and other regalia that are not used by all families. 

Sampson (Sam) Robertson (1950-2014) was a member to the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation from Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia. He was a well known artist, teacher, and mentor to many members of his family including his niece Sarah and his brother Alfred, who are keeping the traditional way of life and art alive. 

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