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Pookmis (Drown Whaler Spirit) Mask by Ernie Chester, Ditidaht First Nation

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Pookmis Whaler Spirit Mask
by Ernie Chester, Ditidaht First Nation

red cedar, pigment, horse hair
22” x 9” w x 9” d (including hair)

Pookmis is associated with healing or resurrection. Pookmis is known to the Haida as Gagiid, and to the Tlingit as Land Otter. To the Nuu-Chah-Nulth he is referred to as the Drowned Fisherman/Whaler Spirit. It is said that when a whaler drowns at sea, Pookmis swallows their spirit and carries it back to their home village, then blows it back out during the memorial ceremony.