The Yup’ik people, who reside on the western coast of Alaska and nearby islands, view their connection with animals as mutually beneficial and cooperative. The circular hoops on Sea Otter Spirit Masks represent the movement between the natural and supernatural realms, while the ringed center represents shamanic glimpses of the spirit world. A beaver holding a fish in its mouth is shown in the mask’s center. The animal’s soul is represented by the cheerful face on its back. The two white hands’ round holes could represent a portal between realms, through which the ghosts of animals travel back to earth to replenish the supply of game.
Bold – Light – Solid – Duotone Each variation is included in the file package