This is a caribou skin mask made by Alaska native Dora Buchea, who is affiliated with the Siberian Yupik from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. She is well known for her elegant masks utilizing caribou skin, human hair, ink, spotted seal eye lashes, calf skin eyebrows, glass trade beads, seal fur as well as fur from sea otters, polar bears and wolves. The ink tattoo design on the mask is meant to honor Buchea's ancestors, who had similar intricate facial tattoos.
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Austin Friends of Folk Art