Alder, paint, abalone
20” x 13” x 8”
There's a legend that speaks about the power of the great Eagle Chief and his influence on his community. This mask represents the Eagle Chief Moon. There was a time when the children of the Eagle Chief were perched on a cliff and saw a spring salmon passing by. They swooped down to catch it together and were met by a trap. A giant monster, the Devilfish, came up and gulped them all together, killing the Eagle Chief’s children.
When the Eagle Chief caught news that his two children were killed, he mourned for weeks. Eventually, one his warriros convinced him to call on all the large birds to wage a war against the Devilfish. He did so and the army was vast. All kinds of birds came hastily to defend the Chief Eagle’s family because he always showed up for everyone else. In the legend, they mention enormous birds like Thunderbirds, great Mountain Eagles, Hawks, Ravens, and more, coming to join. It was the Raven who would avenge the Eagle Chief in the end.
From there, the Eagle Chief found some peace — hence the moon. The moon is known to be a symbol of peace and rejuvenation. That is shown in this mask.