This mask is symbolic of ancient ways, when native people gathered (and hunted) only when it was needed, and took away only what was required at the time. These ways, as were most all daily events, was done in a way that was in reverence to the earth, our mother, to whom we paid continual homage in the sacred rituals which were practiced not only to enrich our spirit, but all that existed within this "wholiness" . The interaction done through the spoken words, and ceremonial rituals, was our way of giving thanks towards the sacrifices made, in order that we may survive.

Edward " Ned" A. Bear
Natural-Media Sculptor/Native Educator

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