Traditional masks of the Cherokee tribe are made from gourds or wood and colored with natural dyes, paint, clay, or charcoal. They are worn during some traditional dances in order to disguise the identities of the dancers. In other dances, a mask is worn only by the lead dancer in order to identify the dance itself.
These masks were made by Cherokees in North Carolina and are on display at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, an authentic replica of a 1750s Cherokee town.
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