Carpenter Masks represent four supernatural brothers in Nuxalk (Bella Coola) oral history who were created at the beginning of time by the supreme spirit Ahlkuntam, and given the task of ordering the world. These and other supernatural beings were honoured in the Nuxalk Winter ceremony, called Kusuit, comparable to the Kwakwaka’wakw Tseyka.
The oldest and most powerful brother was named Yula’timot (He who completes any task with a single smooth motion) and is credited with creating fire. The second brother brought rain and was called MaLapa’litsek (He who completes any task with a single stroke of his adze blade). The creator of the trees, MaL’ape’exoek (He who completes any task with two srtokes of his adze blade) was the third brother. IL’Ilu’lak (He who completes any task in a single day), the fourth brother created the world.