The bird on the outside of this mask is a Raven. Raven is a central character in Northwest
Coast Indian traditions. In many stories he is a creator of the world, but he can also be a
"trickster" who plays mischievous tricks on others. Inside the mask is a two-headed
serpent called Sisuitl (SEE-shoe), a powerful character who occasionally eats those who see
him. That may explain why Sisuitl is shown in profile on the inside of the mask, looking away
from the human head between his two heads. There is a human hand, palm up, on each side of
the human face at the center of the mask. Together the images of human, raven and serpent
on the mask refer to transs taking place between these characters.