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Spirit Faces: Contemporary Masks of the Northwest Coast cover
  • ISBN: 9780295977584
  • ISBN10: 0295977582

Spirit Faces: Contemporary Masks of the Northwest Coast

by Wyatt, Gary A

  • List Price: $28.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publish date: 06/01/2003
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Spirit Faces presents an outstanding collection of 75 masks by 23 contemporary Native American artists. These breathtakingly beautiful and powerful masks, all illustrated in color, depict creatures such as Eagle or Killer Whale, natural elements and forces such as Moon or Weather, humans, and supernatural beings such as Thunderbird or the Chief of the Undersea.

Masks are an important part of ceremonial life on the Northwest Coast; they make the supernatural world visible and bring it to life in dance dramas performed at feasts and potlatches, or at winter ceremonies held by secret societies. Some masks embody mythology or history. Others depict shamanic experiences, or are portrait masks that represent personal experience. The most elaborate are transformation masks, which are used to display the transition from one form to another, such as Wolf to Human. At the high point of the dance, the dancer will open the outer mask to reveal another one inside.

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