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Hawaiian Dance Mask Gourd (10 seeds) (GD133) $3.00
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Hawaiian Dance Mask Gourd

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110 days. Uniquely-shaped fruits like a large flat bottom pear, about 10 inches tall and around 8 inches across at the base. Hawaiians used the gourd to make ritual helmets or "makini" prior to European contact. The small end of the gourd was removed, the large end hollowed out, eye openings cut, and the entire piece was decorated with fern fronds or sedge grass and white streamers. Each item had ritual significance, as the masks were worn at Makahiki, the annual festival honoring Lono, the deity of fertility and harvest. Could there be a better symbol for nature's abundance than gourds?


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