It’s the biggest sharks that fascinate us now, but the Haida people from the Pacific Northwest revered a much smaller shark: the dogfish. Dogfish Woman was a powerful spiritual figure who could transcend land and sea, and was often represented in dance by a person wearing a shark mask such as this one.

See more pictures of ‪#‎SharkWeek‬ anthropology in the Smithsonian collections: http://ow.ly/nDRgY

Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History - Anthropology Dept

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    There’s photos of more shark masks at the source, and they are all really pretty.
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