Ix̱t Kéetʼaach Saaní – Shaman Named Kéetʼaach

Alder, Abalone, Horse Hair, Acrylic Paint


Abalone, Alder, Mask

“My first mask. Family lore reveals that our name, “Ketah”, comes from an individual named Kéetʼaach. It is believed that he was an important man, likely a Shaman. In my work, I feel the spirit of my ancestors in some way guiding me. I have often thought of Kéetʼaach, and wondered what he would think of my work. This has led to a personal mantra as I continue as a culture bearer, that is, “what kind of ancestor will you be?”

-Dave Ketah