Yupik Caribou and Wolf spirit masks

carved wood caribou and wolf masks

These caribou and wolf masks were created as a pair. As spirits of both predator and prey and night and day, they are codependent. This codependence is represented in two half-faces, the wolf painted black and the caribou white, that combine to form a whole. These caribou and wolf spirit masks are from Napaskiaq Village, Kuskokwim River, Alaska, and were included in Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. They were created around 1900 and were once part of the Museum of the American Indian’s collection. Today they are in the Menil Collection in Houston – ExplorationVacation.net #nativeart #Yupik #masks