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Traditional Smaller Iroquois Corn Husk Mask (Travel Size)


Corn husk masks are a traditional Iroquois mask. This a small (travel size) corn husk mask by Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman. As do most Iroquois corn husk masks, this uses a braided corn husk foundation that is coiled and stitched together. Masks made of corn husks, also called bushy-heads or husk faces, are sometimes associated with the Husk Face Society. These masks usually embody, or are inhabited by spirits associated with the corn harvest or with growing grains. The full sized masks are worn by dancers during rites of the Midwinter Ceremony in January, and also for the Green Corn Ceremonies in the spring. The masks have different personas such as "blower", "broken nose", "blind man" ... I am not certain what this one is called.

This small mask is 13" long and 12" wide and approximately 2" deep. The braided face is approximately 5.5" x 5.5". In photos above you can see both back and front of the mask. There is a braided loop hanger on the back at top - so this can be hung on the wall.

Currently Cornhusk masks are often given less religious respect than the wooden False Face Masks, yet they are both still used in sacred curing rites and in the Husk Face Society dances. Presently some corn husk masks, such as this one, are made without ritual blessing for museums and tourists, but all these masks deserve respect as a religious object in their cultural context.

SM corn husk mask
SM corn husk mask - Face
SM corn husk mask - back
Weight: 1 lb