Yaggis - The Sea Monster

Artist: Troy Roberts
Tribal affiliation: Kwakiutl

Yaggis is one of many Kwakwaka'wakw sea monsters capable of causing storms, waves and dangerous whirlpools and is danced as part of the Winter Ceremony.

The eyes glance upwards; the exaggerated flared nostrils almost overwhelm the bridge of the nose. Copper teeth appear in the slightly opened mouth, which can open and shut and the lines surrounding the mouth resemble other depictions of fish gills in the Kwakiutl art.

Carved from red cedar with acrylic paint and varathane - all Canadian products -

Copper inlaid on forehead and teeth (mouth opens and closes) Abalone inset on cheeks and forehead
Ears have a touch of fur (ears move up and down)

Measurements of finished piece
Height - 22" including horns I Width - 22", 28" with ears up
Depth - 12" including spikes on forehead