Native American Cornhusk Mask
source: Wikimedia Commons
A photograph shows a Native American mask made of cornhusks. The mask’s structure consists of weaved corn husks with openings for the eyes and mouth. Frayed husks halo the face, reminiscent of a lion’s mane.
Photo: February 2009
This cornhusk mask would have been used for ceremonial purposes in Iroquois tribes. Native American medicine men and women would sometimes use masks such as this one to ward away evil spirits as part of medical treatment.
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