There is not remuneration or gain obtained by
this site from the sites listed here.The examples are here for educational purposes only, while the
links are both to provide credit where credit is due and so that the
seeker can visit them and avail themselves of what the various sites
have to offer, far more and above what is listed here.
The Native American “masks” had many and
varied purposes, from entertainment to spiritual and/or
Tribes believe/believed that when a person donned certain masks for
specified ceremonies or rituals, the actual spirit of the animal
depicted entered the individual wearing it and thus the individual was
able to share this creatures power to some degree, be it strength,
purpose, wisdom, and the like.
This is an extremely
educational site.If you
have real interest in learning Northwest/Alaskan Indians, then you
need to get into this site! It pertains to the Yup’ik Eskimo of
Alaska.You won’t be sorry you did!
(CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE
– this type of mask appears as abstract face from one angle and an
animal from another – circa 1890
Pitarkallruak kegginaquq –Yukon Mask - Grizzly Bear Masks, originally had feathers around
upper rim – date unknown
This artist has just come to my our attention.
There is far more than the just masks on his website, so make sure you
look around. With the prices of these masks, we can enjoy and
appreciate them in our own homes!
Below are Spider's
words about how he makes his masks.
" I create these masks from
actual photographs and research their backgrounds. Each mask has a
date and a name, and thus no two masks are exactly alike. The
materials I use are indicative of each tribal culture. The feathers
and ornaments are from the tribe's origin; each adornment tells a
story. I research the face paintings from The Complete Indian
Customs Encyclopedia, so every mask is a true replication of the
Native American it embodies.
Each mask is made from deer buckskin or pigskin and adorned with
French cut glass, turquoise, and bone pipe. I use only authentic
materials to create these masks. After I complete each mask, I
cleanse and purify it in the ancient blessing rites of a smudging
I hope you appreciate these masks as much as I enjoy creating them."
WANDERING BULL &
CHIEF JACK RED
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