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This auction is for a caribou skin mask made by the Nunamiut from Anaktuvuk Pass. The story goes that the first masks in this style were made in the 1950s after two Anaktuvuk Pass hunters were inspired after seeing Halloween masks in a store in Fairbanks. If you're not familiar with these masks, t's information following the description.
The face of the mask is caribou with what looks like seal eyebrows, hair and mustache. The hood fringe looks like wolf. I had a mask like this earlier and it dated from the 1950s or early 60s. This one looks similar in style. The mask (with fur fringe) is over 15 inches tall and about 11 inches wide. It's in good shape with only a bit of moth damage on the underside of the mask on the surface of the caribou (hard to see, but t
The Nunamiut are caribou hunters. Throughout the twentieth century, they have held on to their traditional way of life while adapting to a modernizing world. In the late 1950s, they began making and selling innovative masks fashioned out of caribou skin and other furs. The masks, which depict people wearing traditional Nunamiut clothing, hair styles and face decorations, create a link to the past and a bridge to the future: By making masks, people are reminded of long-standing cultural practices and beliefs; by sell... read more