The Dogon people have a highly active and developed mask culture. Some of their masks can be up to 20 feet tall, early 20th century. Kanaga masks are the most important culturally because they represent the first human beings and the Dogon people believe that these masks danced during the Dama ceremonies create a link into the spirit world.
Without the Kanaga mask, the human spirit cannot cross over to a peaceful state in the supernatural world.
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Kanaga masks are danced while on stilts at the Dama ceremonies once every five years. Some masks may show a dark patina, including African repairs $ 350
This is a Fair Trade Federation Member piece with funds from the sale going back to Africa.