Native American Eagle Mask
source: Wikimedia Commons
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.
Photo: February 2009
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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