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November 10, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Funding goal reached for Native mask behind Seahawks logo

An online funding campaign to bring the mask that inspired the Seahawks logo to Seattle reached its goal Monday, following a two-part fundraising effort that drew more than $22,000 from a total of more than 450 donors.

The mask, currently owned by a museum in Maine, arrived at Seattle’s Burke Museum late last month, and will be part of an exhibit at the museum called “Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired,” opening Nov. 22.

Courtesy of the Hudson Museum

Courtesy of the Hudson Museum

Although the museum had committed to bring the piece, the community-based funding wasn’t assured until midday Monday, when a “Kickstarter” campaign passed $14,600. An earlier preliminary drive had raised $7,500.

Museum officials also located a 1975 Seattle Post-Intelligencer article that removes any doubt as to whether this carved cedar mask was the model for the logo. The article includes a photo of the mask, and mentions the book in which the logo artists found it.

The mask, believed to have been carved before 1900, is the work of an artist — or artists — of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations, based at the northern end of Vancouver Island.

Bruce Alfred, a Native carver from that area, came to the Burke Museum last month to view the piece and share his observations on the mask, its creation, use and significance.

The exhibit opening Nov. 22 will feature 30 new works by contemporary Native artists, paired with historic pieces that the artists identify as key to their learning

 

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