For many generations the Yup’ik people of Alaska have created beautifully expressive masks for their traditional dances and ceremonies. Over the long winter darkness dances and storytelling took place in the qasgiq (traditional men’s house) using these masks. This is a Nepcetaq (shaman mask) with face peering through a triangular shield, painted red, white, and black. Ten feathers are bent through holes in the upper rim and sewn in place.
SI, 153624 (35.6 cm)   Photos: Barry McWayne