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Yup´ik mask
ca. 1910
Good News Bay, Alaska
Driftwood, baleen, feathers, paint, cotton twine
49 x 39 cm

In western Alaska, Yup´ik dancers wear masks during ceremonies to depict relationships among humans, animals, and the spirit world. Seen here is one of a pair of grinning face masks. Yup´ik masks are usually made and danced in pairs.

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