The Komo-kwa mask is a Chief who lives under the sea. Komo-kwa is the Wealthy One that controls all the living sea creatures. Komo-kwa will sometimes have copper added to the masks to show that he is the Welathy One from under the sea.
As a young man growing up and beginning his art career, Tom has seen a Komo-kwa dance where the Komo-kwa will dance from the sea edge and into the Big House. Once the Komo-kwa has entered, the people of the village will know that this is the Wealthy One. As the Wealthy One comes through the front door, he will return to the back room where all of the sea creatures have already collected and are waiting to come out in front of the dance screen with their Cheif Komo-kwa.