Yetl/Taqlikic is the Tlingit name for Raven, the trickster. He was said to have brought water to earth, freed the sun, moon and stars, created dog, death, introduced hunting and meat eating, created whale oil, convinced the old sea woman to use tides . . .
"This amazing totem was on somebody’s front yard in Ketchikan, Alaska, right behind their parking spot. It’s beautiful, I love the character this bird has. I like the fact they are living art – carved wood standing out in the open, changing constantly due to weathering. They never were made to be hidden away in museums, presided over by people in white coats – they are for the people, and of the people." Matthew Wild
Haida, British Columbia, Canada. Beaver Mask The Haida held a set of beliefs about the way the human world interacted with the natural and supernatural worlds. Shared concepts incl: curing the sick, ensuring supply of fish/game, influencing weather. Among the Haida the masks were used mostly by members of secret societies in dances to represent wild spirits or animals.