comes from the A
im like the K
Dance and Regalia:
During the A
im, 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 A
im 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 mask belonged to Hi‡a'mas from the 'Na
is 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.