Cherokee Booger Masks- An adventure in paint

The Cherokee Booger Mask Image Hi friends!!!! Its D.J. and Danny here! We are posting to tell you about our awesome social studies project we just finished!!!! The people we call the Cherokee Indians have lived in the southeastern mountains for hundreds of years.  They called themselves “Ani-yun-wiya” which is translated as “real people”.  The name Cherokee is a Euro-American corruption of the Creek Indian name for these people – “Teiloki” – which means “people of the different language”. The Cherokee people probably lived a pretty good life with plenty of game and fish and wild plants as well as the corn, beans and squash they grew.  That was until AD 1540 when the Spanish traversed their beloved mountains.  Then came the French and English with illnesses and prejudices for which the natives had no comprehension.  The Cherokees needed some help to ward off the perceived European wickedness and they got that aid with the development of the Booger Mask. These Booger Masks were made as grotesque representations of enemies or the Indians themselves and were worn during the Booger Dance to elicit humor about fearsome aspects of life.  It is quite likely that the natives made and used the masks before the arrival of the Old World invaders but there is no factual evidence of this.  The Booger Dance was normally preformed during the winter months so its association with ghosts and deities would not affect their crops. We needed to explore this further so we decided to make our own Booger masks!!!! Hey anything that wards off evil spirits can’t hurt right? Miss B brought in her watercolor paper and porfessional watercolors!  Image

 

We studied the masks and designed out own based off designs we saw 

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Here is a shot of Danny working hard!

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Here is a shot of the first phase- we taped the paper down so it would dry flat 

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Since a true Booger Mask is topped with real human scalps we had to improvise- we cut twine and attached it with hot glue!

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Here we are working 

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Here is a close up- we really liked the effect that the jute twine gives!!!! Kind of like real hair!!!!

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Here they are!!! 

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Until next time! 

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