Jitterbug Perfume-mask

“There are people in this world who can wear whale masks and people who cannot, and the wise know to which group they belong.”

— Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

It is a weird quote unless you know about the tradition. Wikipedia describes the potlatch as a gift-giving feast practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the United States. I allude to it in my first chapter.

Robbins plays more with his plot, but my novel has similarity to his style. I make more use of allusions, symbols, and mythology.

19th century Kwakwaka’wakw. Baleen Whale Mask