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Mask

gginaqwaaq “mask”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

We do a lot of Eskimo singing and dancing at St. Lawrence Island, but I’ve never heard of them wearing masks.

—Branson Tungiyan, 2001

The well-known artist Nemaayaq, born in about 1864, probably made this mask. His work is unusual because masks were rarely used for traditional dances or ceremonies on St. Lawrence Island.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Object Type: Mask
Dimensions: Length 30cm
Accession Date: 1881
Source: Capt. C. L. Hooper (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E045721