A Kwakiutl person wearing the mask of the mythical creature Pgwis, man of the sea. Awesome!

I wonder what the ceremonial function of the mask was?

Today we have the photogravures of Edward Sheriff Curtis , a professional photographer from Seattle, who documented over 80 North American Indian tribes between 1907 and 1930.

The photo above depicts a Qagyuhl wedding party, Pacific Northwest coast. The Qagyuhl people were a division of the Kwakiutl.