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3 • 2 • 1 Activity<br />
The Four Most Asked Questions<br />
Who makes the masks?<br />Do certain people make the masks?  <br />Are they made only by the mask makers within a culture ...
How old are the masks?<br />Are the masks ancient or are they still used today?<br />Are the masks passed down from genera...
What is the significance of the masks?<br />What is the purpose of the mask in the performance- religion, morals, historic...
What materials are the masks made from?<br />Is there any special meaning to the color, animal or design in the artwork?<b...
Other Questions Asked<br />What part of Mexico do these masks come from?  Were masks used in all areas of  Mexico or is th...
There are also several excellent books available that answer almost every question, including Mexican Masks by Donald Cord...
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Mask Questions

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Questions asked during the 3*2*1 Activity for the teacher's workhop about Mexican Masks.

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Mask Questions

  1. 1. 3 • 2 • 1 Activity<br />
  2. 2. The Four Most Asked Questions<br />
  3. 3. Who makes the masks?<br />Do certain people make the masks? <br />Are they made only by the mask makers within a culture or can anyone make them?<br />Are the mask makers artists or elders?<br />What age groups are typically involved with the mask making?<br />How are they constructed?<br />
  4. 4. How old are the masks?<br />Are the masks ancient or are they still used today?<br />Are the masks passed down from generation to generation?<br />What is the oldest mask that the Mint has in their collection?<br />
  5. 5. What is the significance of the masks?<br />What is the purpose of the mask in the performance- religion, morals, historical?<br />What is the context of the Mexican masks?<br />How and why would the Mexicans use the masks?<br />How did Europeans influence their creation?<br />
  6. 6. What materials are the masks made from?<br />Is there any special meaning to the color, animal or design in the artwork?<br />Are certain colors or textures they use and do they have meaning?<br />Is color specific to certain mask styles?<br />What materials do the different cultures use to make their masks and why?<br />What types of embellishments were used?<br />What materials were used as pigments?<br />What is the most popular medium?<br />
  7. 7. Other Questions Asked<br />What part of Mexico do these masks come from? Were masks used in all areas of Mexico or is there one area or groups of people who were more prolific?<br />Who wears the mask or uses the mask during the performance?<br />Did women wear the masks as well as men? Are children involved?<br />What traditions are associated with masks from Mexico? What are the different celebrations? What ceremonies were the masks used for?<br />Are all Mexican performance masks used in performances? Were masks used for ceremonies only?<br />Do the masks have “mystical” powers?<br />How did Europeans influence their creation?<br />
  8. 8. There are also several excellent books available that answer almost every question, including Mexican Masks by Donald Cordry and Behind the Mask in Mexicoedited by Janet Brody Esser. Both books are available in the Mint Museum’s Library.<br />

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