Kuviki with Bear Mask

More Works By Randy And Janice Stiglitz Wood and Woven Grass
18 × 12 × 10 in 45.72 × 30.48 × 25.4 cm

About Kuviki with Bear Mask

Wooden masks with the addition of paint, shells, metal, braided grass, corn husks and more are created for use in a variety of ceremonies in Indigenous cultures. The masks are powerful objects that represent mythological or supernatural beings. In the early 19th century Indigenous makers began to create masks that were not used for ceremony and meant only for sale. These were referred to as "trade masks." Today, mask makers are reconnecting with their traditions and reviving the practice of the powerful masks that are able to make the supernatural world visible in ceremony.

Janice Morin Stiglitz, co-creator of this mask, was born in Merrit, BC, of Salish/Cree parents. She and her family moved to Vancouver into the same building as master carver Oppie Oppenheim with whom she apprenticed for three years. Her work was influenced by her husband, Coast Salish artist Randy Stiglitz with whom she has co-created masks and other objects. Stiglitz was born on the Capilano Reservation in North Vancouver. He studied with other Kwakwaka'wakw artists in Victoria including the Hunt family studio. Randy continues to carve in the Kwakwaka'wakw style.