Bella Coola Winter Moon Mask
Randy Stiglitz

Bella Coola Winter Moon mask
Traditionally the use of blue pigments in a Moon mask represent the winter season. The First Nations people of Bella Coola (Nuxalt) used a very specific blue that was derived from plant based pigment and the heavy silt (clay) laden waters of their inlet, this unique combination provided them with a specific blue that is not found anywhere else along the Northwest Coast. Anthropologist love this kind of stuff! Randy has used the specific Bella Coola Blue along with the prominent forehead of the their specific style to create this absolutely mesmerizing Winter Moon mask.

Randy Stiglitz
Randy is widely regarded as an one of a handful of elite Coast Salish artists and his artwork is in the highest demand by top galleries throughtout North America. Randy has the unique ability to find the spirit within a raw block of alder and bring it to dramatic life, he says "each piece of wood whispers to me what it will become".  Randy Stiglitz is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born of Salish and Cree descent on August 17, 1953. Through his interest in the Native arts, he moved to the Capilano Indian reservation at the age of seventeen. After spending five years there, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he worked under the direction of master carver Gene Brabant. He continues to explore the carving traditions of both Salish, Kwakiutl and Tlingit cultures. His work is widely shown at major galleries throughout North America and can be easily viewed online by doing a simple google search of his name.

Bella Coola Winter Moon Mask
Bella Coola Winter Moon Mask
Object Origin:
Coast Salish
Randy Stiglitz
alder wood, cedar bark
10 x 11 x 5 inches
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