Excerpt from The Ceremonial Societies of the Quileute Indians
As soon as a man (or woman) receives a hunter's guardian spirit, he becomes sick. A shaman is consulted who, by the color, ascertains the kind of sickness. The color being dark brown, the shaman declares the patien... t to have been rendered sick by a guar dian-spirit of the gél/a'akwcif (the Hunting Society). Thereupon a messenger is sent to all other members of this society inviting them to come to the house of the patient and to lend their assistance in curing him. The members arrive in the evening, wearing the appropriate head-rings, and their faces are painted by the Face painter. The full members are painted in accordance with the instructions received from their guardian-spirits. Following are the most common designs: the whole face dark brown; the upper part brown and the lower white; the upper half brown with vertical red stripes (the red lines represent showers) and the lower half white; the whole face red (representing blood) with white stripes on both cheeks (these stripes represent showers). Plain members have only dark brown dots painted on their cheeks.
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