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Totem poles, ceremonial masks displayed at Carnegie

By Patrice Stewart
DAILY Staff Writer

pstewart@decaturdaily.com 340-2446

Wolf, bear, killer whale, eagle, frog, owl — whatever your taste in masks, you'll see one you like in a new exhibit at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

"A Journey to the Northwest Coast" is an internationally recognized collection of tribal art from areas now including Alaska, Washington state and British Columbia, Canada.

It includes the 10-foot Shaman Totem Pole, 6-foot Sea Bear Totem Pole and 3-foot totem poles featuring a raven and a grizzly bear mother and cub. Colorfully painted ceremonial masks carved of cedar will grab the attention of school groups and other visitors. This contemporary exhibit includes carvings, baskets, vessels, bentwood boxes, rattles, pipes and textiles.

The exhibit, which opened Wednesday, can be viewed through April 2 at the Carnegie, 207 Church St. N.E. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Guided walks through the exhibit are scheduled at noon Saturday and later. Call 341-0562.

A noon "lunch and learn" program is planned Friday. The fee for the tour and lecture is $5 if you bring a lunch or $15 if you reserve a lunch.

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