Q: I just picked up a bunch of native Canadian masks which is an area I know nothing about, but I instantly fell in love with them. I have identified each of them the best I could by using your book. I have uploaded my favorite one. All have been signed by a wolf cane and dated from 1971-74. Dan, 904
A: We usually refer to masks from the Indian tribes that populate coastal Washington, British Columbia, and lower Alaska as Northwest Coast, or NWC. I think this one was made by a hobbyist, or for tourists and collectors. It would be helpful to find out who the carver was. Also check out the many books and photos you can find on the internet about these masks. The style may be characteristic of a particular tribe. Maybe one of our readers can identify the “wolf cane” carver.