Beau Dick, ‘Atlakim Mask III’, 1997, Fazakas Gallery

The Atlakim (Atlikim), known also as the Dance of the Forest Spirits, is one of the four main dances performed during the Kwakwaka’wakw Winter Ceremonials. The Atlakim involves between thirty-seven to forty different characters. Some are mythological, some represent the creatures of the forest, and others represent human attributes. These include the black, white, and red Sneezer and Laughter masks. Traditionally, the masks used in this dance were often burned after the being danced in four ceremonies.

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