This wooden figure was originally set in the port of each village to protect them from the harm caused by evil spirits (Iwis). According to the donor who acquired this item in 1931, the figure is called a kalipow, however, these protective carvings are better known as hentá-kói. This example was made by a tamiluanas or menluanas, a ritual specialist who communicated with the Iwis by means of a special ceremony. Spirits were believed to interact with people. It was evil spirits that were kept at a distance using these carved figures. They also assisted with healing and were placed outside the home of the sick to scare away those evil forces thought to be causing the sickness. This figure has a red face with an open mouth and a black conical hat that echoes the Portuguese soldiers who were the first Europeans to arrive on their shores. It also has a turtle-like shell upon its back. ‘Scare devils’ also appear in the form of men, women and animals. Observations made in 1903 stated that they were never worshipped or believed to be imbued with a spiritual power but were simply designed to act like farmer’s scare crows. It was with this fearsome and dread appearance that they would frighten away the spirits. Their effectiveness lay in the power of the ritual specialist.