This red cedar mask, made by Tsimshian artist, Corey Moraes, features an owl design.
Throughout the Northwest Coast, the Owl is believed to have great supernatural powers, and has a strong connection to the spirit world. As with many other cultures, it is associated with wisdom, insight, and great awareness. Though common as a family crest in some regions, the presence of the Owl is most often seen as a sign of death because of its reputation as the ruler of night, a seer of souls, and its connection to the underworld.
The White Owl, Screech Owl, and Great Horned Owl can all be seen in symbolism and design in Northwest Coast First Nations art. In design, as in nature, the Owl is identified by its wide round eyes, short hooked beak, and pointed ears.