Northwest Coast Masks – The Benchmark for Mask Carving!
The Indians of the Pacific Northwest Coast produced more than totem poles!!! Their carving traditions carried over to ornate and awe-inspiring masks.
Then…Although there are various tribes in the Pacific Northwest, there are many techniques and styles that are common. Traditionally, the Northwest Coast mask maker is anonymous, always male and always of high status, and not necessarily an artisan only; he also hunted, fished and contributed to the community as well as practicing his art.