They probably just based the mask on a Viking with a broken nose...
Interesting note. I do not know about west coast carving practices, but Iroquois carvers carve the mask ON THE TREE, then cut the tree down, continue to carve the edges and remove the mask.
What do you know... Wiki-Fu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_Face_Society
But I was going on what my prof, a Mohawk, told me years ago...
They also make masks out of other stuff, like rolled dried corn husks:
Hmmm, don't the Mormons claim that Jesus visited the new world???
Could this be proof? The likeness is uncanny.
That's a Yeti!
Honestly, I thought the mask was a joke on this when I first saw it.
I'm a bit doubtful that this mask can legitimately be connected to bigfoot in anyway. Apparently the "original" native myths that served as an inspiration for big foot actually concerned giant tribes of humans. Not at all different from any of the other tribes in the area except for the fact that there were humongous. Many of the other myths that were later connected later don't bear much resemblance to the modern Idea of bigfoot
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