- Overall: 4 3⁄4 x 41 1⁄8 x 1 5⁄8 in. Mask and Beads: 4 3⁄4 x 7 7⁄8 x 1 5⁄8 in. Mask: 3 5⁄8 x 7 5⁄8 x 1 5⁄8 in. Right upper tie: 16 1⁄2 x 5⁄8 in. Right lower tie: 16 5⁄8 x 5⁄8 in. Left upper tie: 16 1⁄4 x 5⁄8 in. Left lower tie: 16 1⁄8 x 5⁄8 in.
- © 4/2020, Katrina Mitten
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund
- Mediums Description
- cotton fabric, ribbon, Czech seed beads, bone, shell
- Figure — fragment — hand
- Dress — accessory
- Object Number
Katrina Mitten created the MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) face mask as a statement of solidarity and awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic. She explains, “Many women use the red handprint to bring attention to the horrible injustices that are occurring in indigenous communities throughout North America. Having to wear protective masks for our health would cover those who choose to paint the handprint on their faces, and I beaded it onto the mask.”
At the age of twelve, Mitten began learning the traditional arts of the Miami, a Native nation whose name for itself is Myaamia, meaning the “Downstream People.” She continues to make traditional clothing and practice Miami-style beadwork.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022