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Ancestor Masks



Maude Alexander shows how to make an ancestor mask, using her collection of African ancestor masks as examples. She outlines the materials needed and the basic process, giving suggestions about how to personalize the mask. She also discusses the various characteristics of African masks from different parts of the continent.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to demonstrate how to make a personalized ancestor mask, using the techniques and suggestions from the video. (The “Making Art” section of the binder includes instructions for making ancestor masks.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., keeping a visual record of family history).
  • Pair with the “African Masks” segment from Visual Arts and Culture, which features a tour of Kente International, an African art boutique in Louisville that specializes in masks from many African countries.

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