Bak’was Mask

Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation UCC-80.01.13 The Bak’was is a supernatural creature who takes away drowned people. He has the power to hypnotize if one were to look into his eyes. He is said to be very shy and skeletal in form with hair covering his body. Bak’was can appear in both the T’seka and D’uwalaxa (also called Peace-Dances). The Bak’was dancer in the D’uwalaxa will enter through the front door signifying he came from the beach.

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