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Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik, Hooper Bay, Alaska, late 19th/early 20th century


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A Yup’ik mask is a highly sophisticated communication device capable of conveying great bodies of knowledge through its use in danced performances. Each is unique, created as a tangible manifestation of a shaman's vision, bringing the unseen or unknowable into a solid form to communicate to the audience. Yup’ik cosmology revolves around the close relationship between human society and the spirit world. Complex dance masks would have been performed during the winter ceremonial season, when the souls of animal spirits were thanked for willingly offering their bodies to hunters. Through entertainment and appeasement, the Yup’ik hoped to ensure abundant prey for the coming hunting season.


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Complex Dance Mask E1387

Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Hooper Bay, Alaska
late 19th/early 20th century
Inventory # E1387
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Dance Mask CE3462a

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River (?), Alaska
ca. 1890-1910
Inventory # CE3462a
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Dance Mask CE4147

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Lower Yukon, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # CE4147
Pair of Masks E1706

Pair of Masks

Koniag
Kodiak Island, Alaska
late 18th/early 19th century
Inventory # E1706
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Mask E3730

Mask

Sugpiaq 
Kodiak Island, Alaska

late 18th/early 19th century
Inventory # E3730
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Dance Mask CE3016

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
early 20th century
Inventory # CE3016
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Dance Mask E3942-3

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska

19th century
Inventory # E3942-3
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Dance Mask E3942-4

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # E3942-4
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Dance Mask E3942-2

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska

19th century
Inventory # E3942-2
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Dance Mask CE3462b

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
ca. 1890
Inventory # CE3462b
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Loon Mask E4061

Loon Mask

Yup'ik
Southwest Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # E4061
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Mask CE2035

Mask

Inupiaq
Point Hope, Alaska 

late 19th century
Inventory # CE2035
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