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XWÁYXWAY MASK (RIGHT)

The xwáyxway mask has protruding eyes, a gaping mouth with a large protruding tongue, and a bird’s head for a nose, two bird-head horns, and a crest of feathers.

The late Mary Clifton, who was Island Comox, explained that the Quinsam (kwániwsam) area is best known as the place where the Island Comox xwáyxway mask and two “first ancestors” appeared. Mrs. Clifton explained how two first ancestors together with a xwáyxway mask “dropped down from the sky” at Quinsam, in the territory of the í7iksen group of the Island Comox. These first ancestors were a woman named Tísitl’a and a man named Shálhk’em. Through them, Mary Clifton stated, the Island Comox people had the rights to the xwáyxway mask. Mrs. Clifton believed that the place name kwániwsam, meaning ‘resting place’ in Island Comox, is related to this story, in that the people who “brought down” this mask “rested” here.


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