Native American Eagle Mask

Native American Eagle Mask

license: public domain
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: FA2010
Description

A photograph shows a Native American mask with stylistic wings hanging on a wall. The painted mask features a carved eagle head on the top with feathers attached above it.


Date

Artifact: 1881

Photo: February 2009


Information

This 19th century Native American eagle mask would have been used for ceremonial purposes in Native American Nootka tribes. Medicine men and women would sometimes use masks such as this one to ward away evil spirits as part of medical treatment.


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Bibliography

Trafzer, C. E., & Weiner, D. (2001). Medicine ways: Disease, health, and survival among Native Americans. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Cohen, K. (2006). Honoring the medicine: The essential guide to Native American healing. New York: Ballantine Books.