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    • The earliest African masks appeared even before
    • Paleolithic times.
    • African masks are considered amongst the finest creations
    • in the art world and are highly sought after by art collectors.
    • Throughout time the masks have been used to
    • differentiate class, religious, and economic statuses.
    • Masks have made by native societies of Africa to honor a
    • particular king, chief or other authority for centuries.
    • Masks often represent a spirit and it is strongly believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses the wearer.
    • By secret societies for induction ceremonies
    • At funerals to honor the dead and their spirits
    • To celebrate a child becoming an adult
    • To celebrate the harvest of crops
    • To celebrate the end of a war
    • For any type of gathering
    • Decide on a theme for the mask, whether it will depict a regular person, tribal chief, mythological figure, or an animal.
    • Make a shape for the base of the mask. Traditionally, the base would be oval or rectangular. Use a template, such as a plate or empty food container, that is about the size of your face .
    • Add a chin, ears and horns if you would like.
    • Cut out slits for the eyes, nose, and mouth if you would like.
    • Add dimension to your mask by adding more layers of paper to build up certain areas, such as the nose, brow, and mouth.
    • Add details by gluing on more paper, such as stripes, spirals, symbols or spots.
    • Add hair if you would like.
    • Punch holes in the sides of your mask if you would like to wear it. Thread ribbon
    • through the holes.
    • African masks history and meaning . (2000). Retrieved from http://www.rebirth.co.za/African_mask_history_and_meaning.htm
    • Nakate, Shashank (2010, February 2). African masks history . Retrieved from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/african-masks-history.html
    • The importance of african masks . (2007, November 26). Retrieved from http://www.african- tribal-art.net/?page_id=2
    • Wright, Mackenzie. (2011, February 4). How to make African paper masks . Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_4856978_make-paper-african-masks.html