Haschélti – Talking God Mask – Yebichai Ceremony

 

 

The mask of Haschélti is the only white one seen in the ceremony. It is the caplike or baglike mask common to all male characters.

 

The circular holes for mouth and eyes are each surrounded with a peculiar symbol.

Haschelti - Talking God - MaskMask representing Haashch?éé?ti?í, Talking God, used in Night Chant Ceremony, recorded by Matthews in 1902

This is said to represent a mist arising from the ground and a rain-cloud hanging above. Ascending from the mouth toward the top of the mask is the symbol of a corn-stalk with two ears on it.

At the bottom of the mask is a transverse band of yellow, to represent the yellow evening light, crossed by eight vertical black strokes to represent rain.

When worn in the dance, it has a fringe of hair from side to side over the top; two tails of the black-tailed deer hanging over the forehead; at the back a fanlike ornament of many (6 to 12) eagle-plumes, and, at the base of this, a bunch of owl feathers. A large collar of spruce conceals the yellow band under the chin.

Comments

  1. Okay,
    this ceremonial mask would look sort of like the figure drawn on my sandpainting tile, but
    I don’t see the connection between this “Talking God” and the reference to a ONE DAY CHANT and to the MEDICINE STRINGS HANGING from (the arms) the rest of the body in my painting.
    I get that this was probably a healing ceremony (maybe) but I don’t know what kind of ceremony the ONE DAY CHANT is referencing?
    What am I missing?

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