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T'seka Creature Masks
Gikaml - Chief's Dzunuk'wa Mask
Kukwadisilagaml - Listener Mask
Bakwasaml - Wild Man Mask
Dalalagaml - Laugher Mask
Dzunukwaml - Wild Woman Mask
'Nala - Weather
Huxwhukw - Long Beak Cannibal Bird
Galukwaml - Crooked Beak Cannibal Bird
Nulamalagaml - Fool Dancer Mask
Sisiyutl - Sea Serpent

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Dalalagaml - Laugher Mask
The Dadaala comes from the Ataim like the Kukwadisila or Listener.

The Dadaala comes from the Ataim like the Kukwadisila or Listener.

Dance and Regalia:
During the Ataim, the dancer laughs and recreates the actions of laughing, the other dance to depict a laugher is called the laughing dance. When it is shown, the dancer comes out and begins to laugh until the whole audience is infected and they all are laughing.

A human-like face mask represents a male wearing a cedar bark head ring. The eyebrows are heavy and black; the mouth is carved with the lips pulled back and the teeth showing as though the mask is laughing. The ground of this particular mask is left natural (or unpainted) unlike those depicted in the Ataim or Dance of the Forest Spirits.

Laugher is also used during the dance owned by Ethel Alfred. In this particular dance, the laugher is stored in her blanket and she throws it out into the audience and then retrieves it. A mask is not used at all in this Dadaala dance.

Mask's Story:
This mask belonged to Hia'mas from the 'Namgis in Alert Bay, BC and was surrendered in 1922 to the National Museum of Man now the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It was returned to the U'mista Cultural Centre in 1979.
Dalalagaml - Laugher Mask (large version)
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