Miniature Raven Mask
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- Hand carved in Yukon by Nathan Dawson
- Carved basswood
- 4 l x 2 1/2 w x 2 1/2 h (in)
- A citizen of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Nathan Dawson was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is of Southern Tutchone, and Tlingit decent as well as a member of the Dakhl’awedi clan.
- Raven's are important creatures to Yukon First Nation's. Raven is a trickster who brought the sun to earth, and therefore created life. The tradition of making masks came to the Yukon mainly through the Tlingit First Nation, they usually represent a mixing of ancestor and animal, supernatural and human. This blending of worlds while at the same time concealing the individual is an important part of First Nation festivities and ceremonies, the only times the mask would be worn. This mask is a miniature of a ceremonial mask.