Gilbert Dawson

Gilbert has been carving since 1995. He has worked with Beau Dick, Bruce Alfred, Sam Shaughnessy, Don Svanvyc, Joe Pederson and Joe Wilson. He has also immersed himself in the Kwakwala language and has learned more than 75 ceremonial songs. Gilbert is the nephew of jewellery carver, John Lancaster. In July of 2001, he carved many masks for a potlatch hosted by James Speck. Gilbert holds Wolf, Sun and Sisiutl as his crests.

8 items

Eagle Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Mask measurement on stand 7 ½" HEagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mytholog...

Mask measurement on stand 7 ½" HEagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to h...

$550.00

Eagle Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Mask measurement on stand 7 ½" HEagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mytholog...

Mask measurement on stand 7 ½" HEagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to h...

$550.00

Eclipse of the Moon Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Measurements do not include feathers.

Measurements do not include feathers.

$1,800.00

Ghost Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw, the souls of the dead are widely believed to live as ghosts in their o...

Amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw, the souls of the dead are widely believed to live as ghosts in their own villages in the spirit world, where everything is an exact inversion of the world of the living, the seasons and daylight hours being opposite. During the Kwakwaka’wakw ceremony of Winalagalis, the War Spirit, dancers wearing ghost masks appear in a performance that dramatizes a visit to the land of the dead.  Ghosts also frequently accompany Bak’was (Bookwus), the Wild Man of the Woods, who is...

$1,000.00

Mosquito Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Mask Height on Base: 13 ½" HBase: 6 ¼" W x 13" L

Mask Height on Base: 13 ½" HBase: 6 ¼" W x 13" L

$1,500.00

Mosquito Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Mask Height on Base: 9 ½"Base: 5 ¼" W x 6" D

Mask Height on Base: 9 ½"Base: 5 ¼" W x 6" D

$600.00

Raven Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Mask Height on Base: 9"Base: 5 ¼" W x 6" DRaven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture her...

Mask Height on Base: 9"Base: 5 ¼" W x 6" DRaven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$550.00

Raven Mask
Gilbert Dawson (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Mask measurement on stand 7 ½" HRaven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a trans...

Mask measurement on stand 7 ½" HRaven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$550.00