By Andi Bourne

Local mask makers display work


September 12, 2019

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Susie and Herman Andersen pose with their masks. The masks will be on display and available for purchase at Berkshire Hathaway in Missoula through the end of September.

MISSOULA – Seeley Lake mask makers Herman and Susie Andersen are displaying their hand-carved masks at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Missoula through the end of the month. Both enjoy sharing stories about each mask and the cultural significance behind them.

Susie moved to Alaska in 1978 and taught in Makotak, a remote Yupik village near Bristol Bay where she met her husband Herman. Herman is of the Aleut tribe in Alaska and his mother was Yupik. They started seeing all the different styles of masks in the various Alaskan cultures and met famous mask maker Sam Fox.

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