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Traditional Cherokee Booger Masks


       The Cherokee Indians used masks for many different dances.  One dance, the “Booger Dance”, was usually performed in fall or winter.  Cherokee Booger Masks were made to represent the faces of the enemies of the Cherokee Indians.  They would dance and poke fun at their enemies.  Traditional Booger Masks were made out of large gourds, hornet nests, buckeye, or poplar wood. 


       After learning about the Cherokee Indians in our social studies unit of the Southeast region, Mr. Subler helped us make Booger Masks.  It was a long process and the 4th graders put a lot of work into their masks.  We designed ours masks on paper using patterns, colors, and symbols.  Then we painted our masks and added decorations such as feathers.









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