|Masqueraders in Afognak Village in the 1930s went to serious lengths|
to disguise their identities, including wearing gloves as to not be
identified by their hands. Kodiak Historical Society P 639-8n.
|Eli Metrokin wore this mask|
for Kodiak's Russian New
Years in the 1930s.
Recently, Mary and Joseph Jensen donated a masquerader’s mask, which was worn by Mary’s father, Eli Metrokin, in the 1930s. The wire mesh mask still has the colored outlines of eyes, nose, and mouth drawn in faded tones. Mary described how villagers would tie cheesecloth around their face and then put on the wire masks as to distort their features. She recalls that it was a special thing, to have a wire mask. Other old-timers recall that masquerading costumes and masks were for sale at Kraft’s and Erskine’s stores.
|This photograph from Afognak Village helps us to see how the mask above |
was fashioned into a costume. Kodiak Historical Society P 639-7n.
Do you have masquerading photographs and objects from Kodiak’s past? In your next foray into the attic, see what turns up. Who knows, perhaps Nellie’s monkey costume is just waiting to be discovered.