Media Interview Faulkner About Museum Artifact, Possible NFL Team Logo Inspiration

Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) and the Portland Press Herald about a native mask that belongs to the museum and may be the inspiration for the original team logo for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The wooden Northwest Coast transformation mask depicts a bird of prey when closed and reveals a painted depiction of a human face when opened. The mask is currently on loan to Seattle’s Burke Museum and since the unveiling of the artifact at the Washington museum in November, the Seahawks have not lost a game. Faulkner said she hopes any luck the mask may have brought the Seahawks runs out before they play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The museum directors also have wagered a lobster and crab dinner on the outcome of the game, Faulkner said. Co.Design also reported on the mask.