Halibut Woman

Alder, Pigments

This mask is a personification of a very powerful natural creature. One that you often risked your life to catch. The mask is inspired by the story of The Halibut People in the book by John R Swanton, Tlingit Myths and Texts. My aim was to combine the characteristics of the halibut and a female human being. One of the identifying symbols for a female in northwest coast art is the labret. In this mask the female human like face is surrounded by the form of a halibut. The halibut’s tail protrudes from the females mouth and has a small spirit face contained in the tail to suggest the labret.
-Scott Jensen