What can we learn from looking at Edward (Ned) A. Bear’s Namoya Otehiw Ayasawac (Pawakon Mask)?

Let’s look

Take your time. Look carefully. Where do your eyes go first? Then where? Take in as many details as you can.

Let’s describe

How would you characterize the expression on the face of this mask? How do the addition of horsehair and bear fur contribute to the expression? How old do you think the mask character is?  What visual elements support your ideas?

Encourage students to ask questions. What visual elements in the artwork prompt the questions asked?

Let’s imagine

If you could don the mask, who would you become? Where would you be from? What would you do? Would you dance, sing, speak or say nothing? Why?