62 The Atlakin mask dance plays an important role in the ceremonial life of the Kwakiutl. Atlakim beings are forest spirits of die most diverse appearance. Their chief is Xamsalilala. He is die first to appear and summons the other 39 spirits, one alter die other, into the ceremonial hall. This Xamsalilala mask, also shown on the dust jacket, was carved in die 1940s by die famous chief and artist Willie Seaweed (1873-1967), a Nakoaktok Kwakiutl from Blunden Harbor, located on the mainland opposite Port Hardy. Bill Holm dedicated an exhibition and a book with die title « Smoky Top » (Vulkan) to this famous chief and artist. (27 cm; MOA)

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