Iroquois medicine mask, 1800's, typical of those made to resemble and call forth healing spirits. Carved from wood and used in group dances to rid dwellings and individuals of illness. While the early white man looked upon such rituals as primitive and ignorant, the Iroquois were nonetheless understood to be advanced to the point that the principles of their confederation were adopted to become the U.S. Constitution.
Category: Mask tradition / Rituals
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