Half-smile Owl by Embera weaver Roxana Barrigon. Red eyes lined in yellow brighten this fuzzy heart-shaped owl mask. He is finished with a little white fuzz at his chin and rich brown cheeks. His black beak is woven in a slight half-smile.

Woven shaman masks are created by the Embera people of Panama. They share similar cultural traditions and weaving artistry as their neighboring Wounaan tribe. Embera shamans (called jaibana) use figures and visages to be used in their healing and cleansing ceremonies. The masks and animal images are assembled around the hut where a curing ritual takes place.

Mid-sized masks take around 5 days each to weave. They are woven by a single artist out of shredded palm colored with all-vegetal dyes. Stitched together using a needle and shredded palm fronds dyed a complimentary color.