In the ninetenth century, American and European traders collected Alutiiq objects, sending items to museums around the world. There are pieces of Alutiiq heritage stored in places like New England, California, Russia, France, Great Britian, Finland, and Germany. We are working to reunite Alutiiq people with these pieces. We are bringing information homes so that items can one day travel to Kodiak.
Alutiiq Sugpiaq ceremonial masks and objects acquired by Alphonse Pinart (French Explorer), in 1875 in the Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska. Normally, the Natives would burn the masks upon completion of the ceremony. That any survived is quite remarkable.
Borneo Mask Indai-Guru Mask Borneo, Iban Dayak Wood, Polychrome Tall (A very strong powerful mask, probably from the Iban Dayak tribe. This mask was danced at ceremonies and festivals and might have been used to scare girls and children in jest.
Africa | Proto-Bobo Mask, Burkina Faso. c. prior to 1965. | The form of a domed helmet with extended vertical face in front is frequently seen in Bobo masks, as are small, close-together apertures representing the eyes, and thick, naturalistic, ridged antelope horns.
An Eskimo Wood Mask, Point Hope, composed of carved wood, depicting the moon. Sotheby’s AMERICAN INDIAN ART 23 MAY 2008 NEW YORK