On our visit to the Honolulu Museum of Art last month I came across these two masks in the North America gallery. They are called False Face Society masks and they are from the Seneca people of western New York state.
The Seneca were the largest and western-most nation that comprised the six-nation Iroquois League. There are about 8,000 people of Seneca descent who live primarily on two reservations in western New York. The city of Salamanca, New York is entirely within one of the reservations. Other Seneca people live in Oklahoma and in Canada.
This is my entry to week 51 of Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website. Drop by and see what other photographers are doing in monochrome this week!