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Iroquois False Face Masks

See the back of the traditional False Face mask and a size comparison with a soda

See the back of a Guardian mask and a size comparison with a soda can

Left: "Blower" False Face Mask by Hoda'nyehen "Stick-on-the-Shoulder" (Onondaga Nation)
Right: False Face Guardian masks

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These unique masks are carved from wood. Some artists, like Gene Thomas, use white pine to carve their masks, while others use basswood.  The masks have real horse tail hair and eyes made of tin. 

Smaller than the traditional False Face masks, these unique False Face Guardian Masks are hand-carved from wood with deerhide leather ties for the hair and a loop for hanging at the top. The mask alone measure about 3" long and are 2" to 2.5" wide. They weigh approximately 25 grams. They may or may not come signed by the artist. The picture above is for reference only. You will get a similar mask to those above, but if you would like a specific one, please let us know.

Our Gxx codes denote individual pieces. If you would like to order a specific false face mask, please go to our Gallery to pick the exact one shown. Note that our selection keeps changing. If you want to be on our notification list, please let us know.  When we get a new selection of masks, we will send you an e-mail.

We also have a book, "The False Faces of the Iroquois (Civilization of the American Indian)," available for those seeking to know more about this art.

Order Code Description Price
109-AS False Face Guardian Mask:Assorted US$85.00

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109-Gxx False Face Masks:Gallery See gallery
1044-G04 Book: False Faces of the Iroquois See gallery

Genus and species of Horse:  Equus caballus. Ranch Raised.
Genus and species of Deer: Odocoileus virginianus. Wild.

Horse and Deer are not subject to CITES or USFWS controls. 

Native Made in Canada

Iroquois False Face Artists

Name   Tribal Affiliation
John Elliot  Iroquois (Mohawk)
Bud Henry  Iroquois (Mohawk)
Clarence Longboat Iroquois (Onondaga)
Chief Jake Thomas Iroquois (Cayuga)
Gene Thomas Iroquois (Onondaga)

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 authenticity.

  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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