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Paper Mask Making for New Years
January 7 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
In honor of Russian New Year’s and the traditional masquerade ball, we will decorate paper masks on the porch for January’s Arts & Crafts event. Held January 7th from 11:30-2:30, the first Saturday of the month, as Russian New Year’s Eve is January 13th.
Signups are encouraged for this free event so we have enough supplies, and participants are encouraged to bring along additional items such as feathers to adorn their creations.
Sponsored in part by the Kodiak Community Foundation, this will be a lot of fun. To sign up, or for more information,
please call the museum, 486.5911 and leave a message for Laurie.
“Native practice of Russian Orthodoxy has absorbed certain aspects of the older winter ceremonies. In some communities, it’s followed by a masking ceremony Maskalataq, in which masked men dance and impersonate “devils” who bear resemblance to the animal spirits of old. Russian New Year, January 14th is celebrated with a costume patent that mixes Russian folk traditions with echoes of the winter festivals”
Living our cultures, sharing our heritage, the first peoples of Alaska. edited by Aaron Crowell, et. al. (2010)Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Books.