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Mask

kegginaquq “mask”
Language: Central Yup'ik

All the masks were made by angalkut [shamans]. Looking at their tuunraq they created masks.

—-Jasper Louis, 1994, from "The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks: Agayuliyararput, Our Way of Making Prayer," 1996

This mask resembles evil mountain-dwelling tuunraq spirits that pursued and devoured hunters. The creatures have twisted faces, asymmetrical eyes, and mouths that are red or splattered with blood. Shamans employed tuunrat as helping spirits and made masks to represent them.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta, Alaska
Village: Big Lake
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 13cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: Edward W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E038646