Art History Lecture: Yua: Spirit of the Arctic, by Jill LeCrone

Mask, ca. 1915. Eskimo, Cup'ik

Mask, ca. 1915. Alaska, Nunivak Island, Eskimo, Cup'ik. Wood, cormorant feathers, sinew, and pigment. FAMSF, bequest of Thomas G. Fowler, 2007.21.112 

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Florence Gould Theater

Eskimo and Inuit people believe that all living things—and even inanimate objects—possess yua, a spirit or soul. Carved masks, sculptures, and everyday objects reflect not only their time-honored beliefs and traditions, but also their gratitude and respect for spirits, animals, land, and sea.

Jill LeCrone is a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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