Q: This is a Ga’an (mountain spirit) mask used in the 1970s and 1980s, probably by the Western Apache, Diné, or Chiricahua peoples. It was acquired from the tribe by a Hollywood studio for use in shooting the movie “Geronimo” (1993), and I bought it from someone who used to work for the studio and was given it as a present. It appears it once had feathers attached to the tips of the wood. Incidentally, the first Geronimo movie (1952) also had Ga’an dancers in it. Aaron, 543
A: I normally post only one mask per person,
but when I saw this one from Aaron I flipped out. How lucky we are to see an authentic Apache Ga’an mask. I hope the Apache people aren’t angry (like the Hopi) about their ceremonial masks being sold and admired by the public.