Native America

Eskimo hunter’s mask

Q: We went to a cool museum, the Maryhill Museum of Art (in Portland, OR), to kick off Ida’s birthday. Came across this guy and thought of you. Hans, 1778

A: And I thought of my viewers. This is an especially well made shaman’s mask from the Eskimos in or close to Alaska. Some of these comlplex wooden masks are still used, but most are sold to tourist. They are often signed by the carver and are a nice source of income for the otherwise poor Eskimos of the Pacific North West. A

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