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Native Seahawks Mask to Come to Seattle

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A $22,000 fundraising campaign is underway to bring a cedar mask that is currently in Maine to an exhibit in Seattle, Washington. The mask is believed to have inspired the Seahawks’ NFL logo.

The two-foot long mask would be part of an exhibit at the Burke Museum called “Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired,” with plans to open on November 22 and run for at least eight months. According to reports from the Seattle Times, the mask is more than a century old and is said to be created by an artist of the Kwakwaka’wakw community. But the artist's identity is unknown.

“Everyone is excited about the Seahawks and this mask,” Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse of the Burke Museum, told the Times. Bunn-Marcuse also said that Seahawk fans are being asked to donate $12 in honor of the “12th Man” to bring the mask to the city.

So far the Seahawks have donated $1212.00, the Times reported.

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The funds raised to get the mask to Seattle would also include an opportunity for two Kwakwaka’wakw community members to come to the city and study the mask.

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