Crooked Beak

Yellow & Red Cedar, Cedar Bark Rope, Tacks, Feathers, Pigments, Metal Stand

There are many masks associated with the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Of those the Crooked Beak of Heaven mask is one of the most well known. The University of British Columbia Anthropology Museum has an extensive collection of these masks. This collection has crooked beak masks made between 1850 and 1967 and shows how the masks have changed in detail over time. It also shows the different styles individual carvers like Willie Seaweed, Mungo Martin, George Walkus and others have brought to this iconic image.
In this smaller rendition of the mask I have changed the nostrils from the usual ovoid shape to “u”forms and moved them back on the mask to accentuate the beak. I also thrust the beak forward rather than up before curving it back to touch the upper lip.
-Scott Jensen