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Painted wooden clan mask depicting a bear / Virgil Crowe


Painted buckeye wooden mask with the face of an eastern black bear.

Curatorial Remarks

This is a Cherokee booger mask of a bear. Most Cherokee booger masks made in the mid-20th - late 20th century were made for sale. Cherokee booger masks were originally worn during healing dances. The specific origin of these masks are unknown. Most masks are made out of wood. Some are made out of gourd or wasp nest.

Tags: Cherokee booger mask, wood, paint, bear
People: Cherokee
Places: Oklahoma, Southeast
Purpose: ceremonial events, dances, commercial sale

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Painted wooden clan mask depicting a bear
Virgil Crowe (Artist)
Native American; Cherokee, Eastern (artist and user)
wood (buckeye), paint
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Purchased with funds gifted by the Frankie Van Johnson Fund
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Previous Number(s): 
TL1997.2; 73.736; 73--.736; 19770
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