Pugwis and Kingfisher Mask


Pugwis and Kingfisher Mask
Kumugwe, (Pugwis)  Chief of the Undersea World

This exquisite Mask depicting the Kumugwe (this means Rich One in Kwakwaka’wakw language) also known as the Chief of the Under Sea World. Another one of his names is Tlakwagila meaning Copper Maker. He has an under sea house that has Sea Lions as house post, he is associated with high rising tides and whirlpools along with many creatures such as the Loon, Killer Whale and Octopus some say that he is a Giant Octopus. The kingfisher is shown on the mask to be on the head of Kumugwe/Pugwis as he was so big that the loon thought he had landed on an island.