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Mask that inspired Seahawks logo to go on display in Seattle Mask that inspired Seahawks logo to go on display in Seattle

A very old tribal mask that may have inspired the Seahawks logo is going on display next month at the Burke Museum in Seattle.

The cedar mask is about 2 feet long and weighs about 5 pounds. It's more than 100 years old and belongs to a museum in Maine.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1wDqd7d) a native carver from Alert Bay, British Columbia, Bruce Alfred was brought to Seattle to provide information for the exhibit.

Alfred says it was worn by a dancer for a memorial or ceremony for the emergence of a tribal leader. He says the dancer would whirl around and at the peak moment the mask would split, revealing the mask of a human face inside. It's considered a metaphor for mankind's creation.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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