Sunrise Mask

This sculpture is 16H"x16W"x3"D

Our thoughts turn to the sky. We see the sun, the source of life. We are instructed to call him our Eldest Brother. With the sun we can see the perfect gifts for which we are grateful. Our Brother Sun nourishes Mother Earth and is the source of all light and warmth. With every new sunrise is a new miracle.
(Iroquois Prayer of Thanksgiving)

The Oneida People (Iroquois) have always been mask makers. Not only was the mask powerful to the wearer, but it was powerful to all in its presence. The False Face Society (our healers) wear masks that are kept secret from the public. My copper masks are created to tell traditional stories with their patterns and shapes.