m‡ or Chief's Dzunu„
wa is a powerful protector of established Chiefs. She, like the Chief's family, represents wealth.
m‡ is not danced at a potlatch; instead it is displayed at the beginning or end of a potlatch to signify greatness. Young Chiefs cannot use the Gika
m‡, in fact, a Chief must be quite established in potlatch ranking and have given at least four potlatches in order to display it.
Dance and Regalia:
The late Chief Thomas Hunt of the Kwagu'‡ stated that when using the Gika
m‡, the Chief first holds it at his shoulder, then rests it on his forehead with his face still revealed, and finally drops it to cover his face at which time he cries "uhuu." This is meant to indicate that the Dzunu„
wa is a powerful protector and that both she and the chief's family represent wealth.
m‡ usually utilizes greater precision and detail in carving. Black hair, human in older versions, is set around the top of the mask, and eyebrows, a moustache and goatee are also represented. Hair on the mask is also represented by the use of the hair from a horse, cow or bear to distinguish the Gika
m‡ from the Dzunu„
This mask was taken from Amos Dawson of the Mama
la by the Department of Indian Affairs during the Potlatch trials in 1922. It was returned to the U'mista Cultural Centre in 1979.