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Native Indian masks on display at library

Matthew Alford OW Contributor | 7/13/2018, midnight

The city of Santa Clarita presents “Putting on Power,” a new exhibition of Native Indian masks, on display through Sept. 24, at the Old Town Newhall Library Community Room, 24500 Main St., in Newhall.

The exhibit highlights the Native American mask in its different variations and purposes. Masks are an important part of Native American culture. Some masks related to clan families have been used in healing, coming of age and ghost feast (grief) ceremonies.

There are three different types of masks: a single face which is a simple mask, a mechanical mask that can contain moving parts and the transformation mask which combines two masks into one. The masks can be made out of varying materials often including wood, gourds and feathers. Each mask is unique and carries its own charm.

For more information regarding the art exhibit, contact Jeff Barber at Jbarber@santa-clarita.com. For details about all Santa Clarita art news, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.