These non-medical grade masks are made of a single layer of 3-ply knitted microfiber fabric consisting of 91% Polyester + 9% Polyurethane, and feature the artwork of Ojibwe artist Donald Chretien. Each package comes with one of each of the following designs:
- Tree of Life
- Bear Doodem
- Spirit of the Story
The stories behind the artwork are shown below.
These masks have the following features:
- Quick dry
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Stretches to fit most faces
Please note, these masks are made of a single layer of fabric and are not able to accommodate a filter. Fabric is made in Korea and art is designed in Canada. Masks should be washed after each use.
These NON medical grade masks are in no way a replacement for Social Distancing and Hand Washing. They are not intended to be a replacement for medical grade PPE and no claims are being made that they are. It is advisable to wash this mask before using as well as after wearing.
Due to hygiene concerns these are FINAL SALE
When wearing cloth masks be sure to:
- Wash hands before placing mask on your face
- To remove, pull on the band behind one ear and 'peel' off across your face. If you can't wash right away, place mask in an area that can be sanitized later
- Wash mask in soap and warm water and hang to dry
- Wash your hands after touching or removing your worn mask
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Tree of Life
Otter and Bear were chosen to push the first Tree of Life pole (Grandmother Cedar) from the earth’s centre through the surface, forming the first channel of communications between above and below. It roots in the underworld and it’s trunk passes trough the natural world and it’s branches ascend up into the sky world. Posts placed by medicine men, women near the entrance of the Midewigun (lodge) in ceremonies represented the tree of life and it’s restorative powers.
Turtle • Mishiike
Represents to our people the Mother Earth we stand upon, sustaining us with constancy, resiliency and generosity. We are cared for by our Earth Mother with her blessings of food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. Turtle said “with the help of the Great Spirit we can make a new land for the Anishinabek.” Muskrat placed the earth on the center of Turtle’s back and the winds blew from the four directions. As the winds blew, they became stronger and the small ball of earth on the Turtle’s back began to grow and it formed an island in the water. The winds did not subside for days and the island got bigger and bigger, yet Turtle still held the new land, the young earth, on it’s back. Just like all the Turtles before they carried their young protectively on their backs.
Bear • Makwa
Makwa stands for the love and care of children, the elderly and the downtrodden. Later as guardians, Makwa clans were the ones who patrolled the woods around the community to watch for danger.
Spirit of the Story • Auttissookaun
Auttissookaunuk, the muses that dwell at the Earth’s four cardinal points, North, South, East and West. They assist storytellers in the creation of stories.
- Donald Chretien
These masks are so vibrant! They are very comfortable to wear, not tight around the ears and very breathable. And the images are beautiful! The only downside is they’re a bit loose across the bridge of the nose but I guess to make a “universal” mask there will be some parts that aren’t perfectly fitting. Also not a huge concern for me, but these masks aren’t the 3-layer the government now recommends. But the beauty and comfort outweigh the negatives for me. And I’m happy to support a woman-owned, indigenous business, and indigenous artists.
I love these masks. I ordered some earlier this year and I just ordered another two 4 packs. We get compliments all the time when we wear them. They sit in place very well and my glasses don't get fogged. I plan to slip them in Christmas stockings.
These masks are beautiful!! Very soft and comfortable to wear.
These are excellent!! I always get lots of compliments when I am wearing them! Thank you so much!!
Beautiful artwork. Fit comfortably.
Beautiful designs and comfy masks. Very happy to encourage an aboriginal artist.
Comfortable, attractive and breathable
Excellent quality. Beautiful design. Fits my husband extremely well; I had to adjust one for me. In addition, kudos to the company for not over packaging when shipping.
I love my microfibre masks both because they fit well and they are beautiful. It is great to support an indigenous artist while wearing a face mask!