Gunakadeit – Wearing the Monster’s Skin
EXHIBITION:Scott Jensen: Facing the Coast
This small mask represents a man wearing the skin of the Gunakadeit, a monster that lived in a lake not far from his home. He trapped, killed and skinned the monster and by wearing the skin acquired its powers. The small face at the top is the man looking out from between the monster’s eyes. His hands protrude from under the monster’s teeth and his legs and feet can be seen coming out from the monster’s head at the sides of the mask. The large face represents the man with the Gunakadeit skin draped over him.
For the complete story see, Tlingit Myths and Texts by John R. Swanton. #33, page 166.