Our subject today is Folk Culture or handcrafts. My family has a long Indian Heritage, we have Cherokee, and Creek Indian ancestors for certain. Since this prevails in our family I would like to share some Folk Indian Masks.
The Indian Clans placed great emphasis on on family and clan relationships, and traced each clan 's ancestry to a mythical animal.
The spirit masks were sacred and jealously guarded possessions. Fashioned of steamed and bent wood , the intricately carved masks often had moving parts.
They used black paint derived from charcoal or soft lignite coal and red was made from iron ores. The blues were from copper sulphide.
The Tlingit mask represents an animal spirit. The Bella Coola mask personifies a whistling spirit.
What a proud people the Indian's were and should occupy a very honored place in our life today.