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View Diary: Indians 101: Northwest Coast Masks and Headdresses (Photos) (25 comments)

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  •  Love it! (7+ / 0-)

    I have a modest collection of Pacific Northwest art (mostly two-dimensional, I wish I could afford even one of the beautiful transformation masks!) and am pleased to see it here.  What many do not understand/appreciate about these cultures is how highly developed and stylized the art form is and why.

    These peoples developed their art in an environment of abundance - the bounty of the sea and forest where they live(d) allowed them to devote more time to the spiritual and artistic.  As a consequence, the sophisticated art developed a certain structure and set of design principles.  Depending on how these are used, a crest or motif can range from easily recognizable to highly abstract through the rearrangement of anatomical parts.  But certain individual elements presence or absence can help determine, for example, whether an orca or a shark is depicted.

    If you get the opportunity (ever) to visit the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology do not pass it up!  Anyone's appreciation of this beautiful art will only be enhanced.

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

    by foolrex on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:56:13 AM PST

    •  A link to UBC's MOA mask collection (5+ / 0-)

      For your viewing pleasure (although this search contains some masks from other cultures, it is heavily weighted to the Pacific Northwest):Enjoy!

      When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

      by foolrex on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:11:34 AM PST

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