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An Aboriginal Presence
Wealth of Stories - Transforming Beings
In the narratives told by Aboriginal peoples of the Pacific Coast, supernatural beings take the form of animals, birds or fish in the human world. But in their own villages, these beings live as humans. Many stories tell of the encounters between humans and animal/supernatural beings, and these stories are brought to life in masks and dance. In some cases, the stories and the masks have both been preserved together. In other cases, only the mask remains.
Stories, and the right to tell them, are passed down in families from one generation to another. As the mask that represents the story goes out of use, a new mask may be made to take its place. The story endures.