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This RAVEN MASK itself is 16 1/4" in depth, 8" in width and 6 1/4" in height. It is beautifully carved and painted by artist Richard Baker.
It measures 13" in height with cedar bark and stand and 19" depth with cedar Baker (Ritchie) was born on February 12, 1962, a direct
descendent of a hereditary line of Nimpkish Chieftans.He was born into
the Coast Salish Tribe of the Squamish Nation on the Capila in
North Vancouver where he has lived his entire life.
When Ritchie turned ten years old he started to carve wood, both yellow
and red cedar. He has made wall plaques, totem poles, masks and talking
sticks.When Ritchie turned twenty, he began engraving silver and gold
jewellery.He carves rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants.
Ritchie's art is in various galleries, museums and private collections
around the world.He is very proud of his distict and unique cultural
On Aug-21-11 at 21:12:45 PDT, seller added the following information:
Raven was the chief god and culture hero. He is credited with teaching
the people how to fish, build their houses, etc. In myth he is the
creator of the earth and people. He is also the Trickster who
perpetrates practical jokes on people. For this reason, the people were
very careful when they prayed to the Raven. They used precise terms to
specify exactly what they wanted so that confusion (and the occasional
practical joke) might be avoided.
Raven is the original organizer, playing roles of trickster,
transformer, teacher, catalyst and chief spirit. He is also a relentless
schemer and practical joker, lustful, impulsive, cunning, shameless and
Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into
anything at any time. He could live beneath the sea, ascend into the sky
or make anything happen by willing it to be so. His legendary antics
were often motivated by insatiable greed and he loved to tease, cheat,
woo and trick.
All too often, however, the tables would turn on the hapless Raven.
Raven is also an important totem figure of prestige and is one of the
two main crests of the Haida.
The Kwakiutl Raven Mask represents Raven from the North End of the
world. This mask is part of the Hamatsa or Cannibal society. As part
of the Hamatsa ceremony, members of the society would perform the story
of the Raven coming to the village to steal a novice (a young man of the
Raven clan not yet initiated into one of the shaman societies) and
teach him to be a Cannibal. In order to become a full-fledged member a
man must dance a total ceremonial cycle of twelve years