Monday, September 22, 2008
The story on PRI's The World about the Alutiiq masks housed in a museum in France for the last ~130 years and the 6 year effort to send these masks back to the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska on loan was so moving. The Alutiiq artists went to France to see the masks and other artifacts that were unknown to their people for generations. This mask on the lower left reminded me of the incredible jewelry and sculpture
of Denise and Samuel Wallace. The mask on the upper left, called Woman-in-the-Moon can be found in the form of earrings, brooches, belts. To see more of the Wallace's incredible art, a recent book Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise & Samuel Wallace by Lois Sherr Dubin is well worth searching out.