Iroquois False Face Masks
Left: "Blower" False Face Mask by Hoda'nyehen "Stick-on-the-Shoulder" (Onondaga Nation)
Click on the underlined names above for further biographical information.
Registration of Masks at Six Nations
Many Iroquois False Face Masks are not signed, but have numbers stamped into the side under the hair to confirm that the masks are registered on Six Nations in Ontario, Canada as authentic Iroquois False Face Masks. As part of the registration process, the Iroquois name of the artist is recorded in a registry, but not the English name. For example, one artist works under the Iroquois name of Hoda’nyeken which translates into English as "Stick on the Shoulder."
A Note on Unsigned Masks
As members of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, we support aggressive legislation designed to prohibit non-Native merchandise being sold as though it were Native-made.
In the course of our business, we come across situations where collectors are selling off masks accumulated over many years or individuals who have inherited masks and the original owner has died and is not available for consultation as to the exact circumstances regarding the initial purchase of the mask.
Unsigned masks are offered only if
we have complete confidence as to the authenticity of the mask as
a Native-made item based on the reputation of the collector and
our expert knowledge of these masks. We will not offer for
sale any masks where we have any doubt whatsoever as to their
Concerns Over the Sale of False Face Masks
There is some controversy over the display and sale of Iroquois False Face Masks. For more information on this, please click HERE.
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