Flashback Friday – Episode 30: Mask Making
Making masks has been a favorite way of expressing individual imagination at Easton Mountain. The masks are usually made from the material used to create medical casts - fabric impregnated with plaster of Paris which, when wet and applied to a well greased face, hardens to a durable mask.
Usually the masks are allowed to dry for at least a day and then covered with a base coat of paint. When that is dry each person paints and decorates the mask made from his own face.
When the masks are finished they are put on display.
One year, mask making was combined with body paint as preparation for a fire circle.
That evening, many men put on their masks, painted each others bodies, and then headed up to the High Meadow to drum and dance around a bonfire.