Masks among Eskimo peoples served a variety of functions. Masks were made out of driftwood, animal skins, bones and feathers. They were often painted using bright colors. There are archeological miniature maskettes made of walrus ivory, coming from early Paleo-Eskimo and from early Dorset culture period. Despite some similarities in the cultures of the Eskimo peoples, their cultural diversity makes it hard to generalise how Eskimos and Inuit used masks. The sustenance, mythology, soul concepts, even the language of the different communities were often very different.

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  • Masks among Eskimo peoples served a variety of functions. Masks were made out of driftwood, animal skins, bones and feathers. They were often painted using bright colors. There are archeological miniature maskettes made of walrus ivory, coming from early Paleo-Eskimo and from early Dorset culture period. Despite some similarities in the cultures of the Eskimo peoples, their cultural diversity makes it hard to generalise how Eskimos and Inuit used masks. The sustenance, mythology, soul concepts, even the language of the different communities were often very different. (en)
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  • Masks among Eskimo peoples served a variety of functions. Masks were made out of driftwood, animal skins, bones and feathers. They were often painted using bright colors. There are archeological miniature maskettes made of walrus ivory, coming from early Paleo-Eskimo and from early Dorset culture period. Despite some similarities in the cultures of the Eskimo peoples, their cultural diversity makes it hard to generalise how Eskimos and Inuit used masks. The sustenance, mythology, soul concepts, even the language of the different communities were often very different. (en)
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