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Spirit Masks-Wall Hangings

Hand carved Whalebone Spirit Masks trimmed with Polar Bear Fur. Carved from old whalebone vertebrate found washed up on a beach on the central North part of St. Lawrence Island, near a place called Apataki Point. Bone was buried in the sand for years and will shed sand. The eyes are inlaid baleen; a fibrous material in the mouth of Bowhead Whales, they strain food through it, trimed with Polar Bear fur.
 
Spirit masks are common in many cultures throughout the world, even our own at Halloween. A spirit mask is worn in sacred dance ceremonies. Warring the mask frees the spirit, one can be who they want to be, free to dance, free to summon the spirits. When one sees a person warring a mask, one no longer sees the person with all their known characteristics. One looks beyond the person in the mask and sees the spirit of the person, the ceremony, the freedom of the dance. We see the spirit that was summoned.

 

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Whalebone Spirit Mask by Athabaskan Carver Wesley Owen, Interior Ak

Whalebone Spirit Mask by Athabaskan Carver Wesley Owen, Interior Ak

$37.50

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Whalebone Spirit Mask by Athabaskan Carver Wesley Owen, Alaska

Whalebone Spirit Mask by Athabaskan Carver Wesley Owen, Alaska

$70.00

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