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Memorial Plank Masks

The art of Alutiiq plank masks - personal reflections carved in wood. 
Masks from a workshop led by Perry Eaton, sponsored by the Sun'aq Tribe.

Servant Air

By Gary Knagin

Materials: White Spruce, Duck Feathers, Oil Paint, and Artificial Sinew       
                  
"My mask was carved as a gift in honor of Servant Air, which is an Alutiiq owned company that reflects the Alutiiq culture and connects the people and villages of Kodiak."

Afognak

By Nancy Nelson

Materials: White Spruce, Ptarmigan Feathers, Oil Paint, and Hemp Twine


"To me my mask represents Afognak where I lived as a small child and today still return every year.  To me it holds a strong presence of my ancestors and gives me a great sense of peace and pride of my culture.  The green represents the beauty of the rich forest at Dig Afognak and the Old Village, the blue is the ocean and Litnik River. The beach glass represents one of my favorite things to do, walk the beach in the old village collecting it. The reddish brown color represents our rich land.  All these colors to me represent the native people’s traditional and customary way of life."   

Fisherman    

By Brandon Cox        
Materials: White Spruce, Duck Feathers, Oil Paint, and Artificial Sinew     
           
"I carved this mask to honor all fishermen - past and present"

Chief of the Cove     

By Patricia Abston-Cox        
            
Materials: White Spruce, Duck Feathers, Oil Paint, Artificial Sinew, Handmade Bouy and Corks, Sand, and Beach Glass.
            
"I carved this mask in memory of my dad, Gary Abston, my brother, David Abston, and our family time at Chief Cove."

Our Nets       
Our Water       
Our Beaches       
Our Sunsets

Family     

by Keith J. Chichenoff        
            
Materials: White Spruce, Duck Feathers, Oil Paint, and Hemp Twine
       
"My mask is called 'Family' as the mask itself represents my mother, Kathryn.  From our mother comes us - 7 kids represented by the 7 feathers on the mask and from us kids come 35 grandkids - represented by the 35 feathers on the outside of the hoop.  The black, red, and white on the plank represent the colors of our family boat - St. Kathryn."

Mi MaMa

By Isiah G. Simeonoff        
            
Materials: White Spruce, Ptarmigan Feathers, Oil Paint, and Fishing Hooks

Mi MaMa       
Barbara Donna Panamaroff-Phillips      
October 30, 1956 - May 10, 2012       
           
MiMaMa loved being in a boat to be next to the water.
MiMaMa loved fishing and putting fish up for Winter. 
MiMaMa loved her children and her Grand Children.  
I make this Mask to show Love and Honor for my Mi MaMa.
We Love you and we will never forget you.
           
by Isiah G. Simeonoff, Grandson, Age 13

Marriage Mask

By Jonathan & Hanna Sholl        
            
Materials: Spruce and Nails        

"This contemporary plank mask titled ""Marriage Mask"" was created jointly to commemorate a new marriage.  This mask is unfinished, when completed it will have the elements of paint and feathers to accent it."