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MOA Masks

The mission is clear. When the day comes, you must wear a mask. From the moment you wake up till the moment you return home to bed, you will be wearing a full face mask. What kind of mask will it be? Friendly, fearsome, happy, sad, handsome, ugly, human, animal, flashy, understated, funny, dramatic? How will you feel wearing the mask all day and what kind of impression do you want to make on others?

It’s fascinating to watch people look at masks. What is seriously creepy to one is moving or beautiful to another.

“How would you like to see that coming at you?” one guy said, flinching backwards.

“I think it’s so cool.” His friend was smiling fondly and stopping to admire it from all angles.

With their wooden jawlines and peekaboo eyeholes, masks tap into our cultural identities, childhood memories, masked traits, fantasy personas and emotional touchpoints. The Museum of Anthropology has a rich, cross-cultural collection of artist-created masks in their Multiversity Galleries. It’s an area with so many historical treasures, it helps to go with a theme to focus your viewing.

Here are a few from the collection…

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Korea

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North & Central India

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Bijogo
Guinea-Bissau: Bissagos islands

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Yoruba
Nigeria

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Malinche. Doña Marina
Mexico

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Andes

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Old Men’s Masks
State of Michoacán, México

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Rangda Mask
Bali

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Tsimshian

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Haida

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Gitxsan

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Kwakwaka’wakw

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Chief Beau Dick
Dzawada’enuxw

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Nuxalk
Koma Qua Wife Mask
Marvin Tallio

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By Elizabeth Newton
www.creatorsvancouver.com

 

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