This Portrait Mask portrays a young Chief Mungo Martin wearing face paint of the Hamatsa - a Kwak'wakawakw secret society, which is still a part of our ceremonies today. Mungo was active in traditional Kwakiutl Potlatch culture, was a master carver whose totem poles are in many international locations, and he is credited with composing over 200 songs. He remains one of the most revered Northwest Coast Native artists of all time.
Red cedar, Acrylic Paint, Cedar Bark
12" x 9" x 7"
A traditional Northwest Coast Native artist for 30 years, Neel began his career as a professional photographer, but chose to become a Kwakiutl artist and follow in his family's footsteps. He apprenticed with master carvers Wayne Alfred and Beau Dick starting in 1987, when he returned from working for several years as a photographer in the USA. He has carved First Nations masks, totem poles, dug-out canoes and hand engraved gold and silver jewelry.
He comes from a family of traditional Kwakwak’awakw (Kwakiutl) artists, including: Dave Neel Senior, Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. He has authored two books on Northwest Coast Native culture and was involved with the return of the dug-out canoe tradition in the 1990’s. His adult children, Edwin and Ellena, are carrying on the family tradition and also are Canadian Aboriginal artists.
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