Spirit of the Mask, The*

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Spirit of the Mask, The*

  • 1992 ----- color ----- 51 min ----- vhs
  • Unlocks the secret world of the Northwest Coast Indians, revealing the myths, rituals and ceremonies that gave rise to both powerful art and a special understanding of mans relationship to the natural and supernatural worlds. This exploration of the spiritual and psychological powers of the mask features dramatic, rarely seen ceremonies and also tells the story of the Northwest Coast peoples struggle to preserve their sacred traditions against the onslaught of European colonialism. Along the way we learn how the mask, even in contemporary culture, enables us to embody our myths and our dreams . . . and to give us the power of healing. (Donated by the Department of Canadian Studies) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Anthropology: Cultural, Art: Tribal, Canadian Studies, Ethnomusicology, Pacific Northwest, Religions)