Submitted by: Brenda Mahan
Materials: Moose hide, size 11 seed beads, backing is ultrasuede
As I worked on my mask, I was able to escape the horrors happening around me with the global pandemic. This mask represents me and my Athabascan heritage as I was born in Galena, Alaska to a full Athabascan woman. She was not able to teach me beadwork as she wanted the best for me and decided to give me up for adoption; a truly selfless loving act. I am very grateful. I have spent the last 15 years learning about Athabascan beadwork through books and Facebook friends who turned out to be distant cousins.❤
This spring everything is budding, everything is new and fresh just like the flower on my mask. Stay safe!
This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.