MOTHER WIND HEAD MASK BY TIKUNA
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Mother Wind Head Mask by the Tikuna (also known as Tucuna) tribe (indigenous people of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru). They are the most numerous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon.
The Tikuna manufacture a simple type of pottery but do not weave cloth or practice metallurgy. They are accomplished in the art of making and using bark cloth, out of which they make ceremonial masks and large animal figures. They manufacture many different baskets and other containers out of a variety of plant fibres.
The 20th-century Tucuna are adaptable and successful traders, just as their forebears had been. Traditionally, the Tucuna exchanged certain vegetable poisons of the Amazonian forest for goods brought down from the mountains. In recent years, the Tucuna have provided animal hides and canoes to urbanized South Americans, in exchange for money and manufactured goods.
L 13"-14" x W 11"-12" x H 11"-12"
Indigenous art represents to the native people of the Amazon basin an opportunity to preserve an integral livelihood and an alternative to industries that threaten to undermine these communities.
In addition, the work of these artisans represents a connection to their ancestry that spans millenniums, with the power to create dialogue between different cultures and break a cycle of prejudice and discrimination.
Incausa collaborates with artisans, villages and associations of eight different native ethnicities in the Amazon Basin. Acting as a non-profit patron, subsiding logistics and production, developing sustainable retail and wholesale market-placements. Through this pro-bono initiative, the wholesale price of each piece in this chapter is strictly the cost of the piece + shipping.
We are honoured to work with Incausa. Every piece of artisanship is 100% handmade and one-of-a-kind. The product(s) you receive might vary slightly from the picture, due to the uniqueness of each product.