Empty Stage

We carry ancient prayers within us, prayers from our forefathers reaching back to the beginning. Cries of the heart that bridge time, bridge relationships, bridge the human condition. I once heard we are a reflection of the Creator who freely gives us favor and blessings, who enables us to become ‘real human beings’.


This functional Yupik dance mask tells the story of a heart healed through forgiveness and grace, both within ourselves and to those around us. This is a place I have been seeking after this past year, through both hardship and joy. May this artwork be an encouragement to continue the deep works within, so that others would experience peace through you.


A beautiful extension of my heritage, designed to be traditionally worn by a dancer using a ‘bite’ rather than head straps. Long ago, when they would bend down and retrieve the mask without their hands to help them, it was said…’it’s as if they have transformed!” This work has been hand carved in the tradition of my forefathers, the people of the Bering Sea.


Made with Spruce Wood, Basswood, Feathers, Synthetic Sinew, Milk Paint, and Rare Earth Pigments (gathered from Nelson Island and the Yukon River, Alaska; applied using ancient technique passed down)


Measurements in inches roughly: 19 x 21 x 5.5


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Peace Within

  • This is an original one of a kind artwork, designed and created by David John Angaiak.

    Angaiak Fine Art / David John Angaiak is not liable for third party damages.

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