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A World of Faces: Masks of the Northwest Coast Indians Paperback – Illustrated, June 1, 1994
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Malin's book explores the meaning behind the treasured masks created by artisans for ritual & religious purposes, or simply for enjoyment. The author presents a photo gallery of outstanding examples.
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The creation, use, and meaning of the masks created by the native Americans of the Northwest Coast are brought to life by an author who knows and loves the art, craft, and lore behind the masks. It is the first book devoted to a thorough explication of the techniques of mask-making and the role of the artist and his masks in the society. The reader will see the masks not in the cold light of a glass museum case, but as their people did - in the moving dramas and firelight of the long houses. Illustrated with line drawings by the author as well as with photographs, A World of Faces explores the riches of this ancient tradition, showing outstanding old masks that survive to our day. This art, almost lost, is being renewed by modern carvers of the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, and Nootka tribes.