Hospital contractors gift shaman's mask to new medical facility
March 25, 2021
The main contractors on the new Wrangell Medical Center have presented a shaman's apprentice mask to display in the facility.
"Crafted with red cedar, abalone, operculum shells and horsehair, the mask depicts a profound moment during the practice of a young shaman," the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium said in a prepared statement March 21. "Shamans (Sgáagaa) were known to possess healing powers and bridge the gap between spiritual and natural worlds."
The mask, created by Haida artist T.J. Young, who was raised in Hydaburg, was donated by Juneau-based Dawson Construction and Sa...