Q: A friend of mine said she acquired this mask in the 80’s in Alaska, but didn’t know much else about it. Rick, 1805
A: I answered him: For at least 100 years Eskimo women have been making these skin and fur masks… occasionally for ceremony, but mostly they are sold to tourists for about 10 to 20 dollars.
I thought about it later. These masks, which are widely available and reasonably priced, are the primary source of income for many elderly Eskimo women. Why not buy one for your house or some as Christmas gifts. The Artic people are under-privileged and can use your support. I hope this nice lady get through the pandemic.
Rick’s mask has an unusual marking on it’s chin. The skin is reindeer and the fur could be any wild animal with long, warm hair. I hope this nice lady get through the pandemic.