Crooked Beak

Ross Henderson
  • Crooked Beak
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The stunning Crooked Beak mask was hand carved by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Ross Henderson. Crooked Beak masks are used as part of an initiation ceremony into the Hamatsa (cannibal) society, which is the most prestigious society of the Kwakwaka’wakw. These traditional ceremonies are part of the trhviring Kwakwaka’wakw culture.

Ross Henderson was born in Alert Bay, BC and now resides in Port Hardy, BC. Henderson is a wood carver who first began carving as a teenager alongside family and friends. He took up carving as a hobby initially, inspired by the work of his great grandfather Gidion Whonnock. In 2005 he began to carve for a living and is now a full-time carver. 

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Crooked Beak