Hamatsa Whistle, by John Livingston

Hamatsa Whistle, by John Livingston

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A beautiful and authentic piece, dated 1991 - hand crafted and hand painted by our dear late friend JOHN LIVINGSTON

HAMATSA WHISTLE

This is a very special piece of Art. the sound is really fabulous, it's signed and dated. These kind of whistle's are used in ceremonie.

“Of all the dances of the Kwakwaka’wakw, the Hamatsa is considered to be the most important. The right to perform this dance is owned by particular families whose members have been possessed generation after generation by Baxwbakwalanuksiwe’ the man-eating supernatural being. The dance acts out the capture, return, and calming of the initiate. 

After the mourning songs you will hear madzis (whistles) blown again and again. The whistle sounds come from behind the dance screen, which is behind the singers, or it may sound like it is coming from outside the Bighouse, or even on the dance floor. Once the whistles start, this indicates that the Hamat´sa ceremony has started. The whistle sounds are said to represent the sound of Baxwbakwalanuksiwe’ moving through the woods. He has so many mouths on his body that when he walks it sounds like the whistles that we hear”

Measurements: 8 1/2" x 5" x 1 1/2" (21.5 x 12.5 x 4 cm

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About This Artist

Gone way to soon! We will miss you, John! Thank you for being such a good friend! Master carver John Livingston was born in Vancouver, on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, Canada in 1951. Nation: adopted Kwakwaka'wakw. John started his...Artist bio and other available works »

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