This mask includes porcupine quills (like you can see in the picture), bird skulls, horns, feathers, and more. Why do you think the artist decided to use materials from these particular animals? The mask also includes substances we haven’t identified. What substances would you add, and why?
Each of the materials added to this mask would have helped harness different kinds of spiritual energy. The unique and powerful abilities of each animal would become part of the mask through the materials. What powers do think each animal included here would have supplied?
Now that you know the hidden stories of the materials in these two works of art, you can discover other artworks in the Johnson Museum’s collection. So many objects are made of materials with complex stories. Some of those stories have yet to be discovered!