Puerto Rican Masks (and more)
Dawn is researching Art of Puerto Rico right now.... I just thought I would
start with masks. Save this email if you are interested - I will not be
posting all of these links on my site.
Neat Mardi Gras masks - photos by Scott Frey:
See Mexico Day of the Dead, too:
You might be interested in some of his other photo essays:
I will feature his site on Great Sites in the furture - post any good phot
sites you come across for me to include.
Heart of Imaginero: Little Wood Carver:
Inspired by the santos woodcarving tradition from Spain that flourished in
Puerto Rico during the 16th century - and is still a craft in Puerto Rico
El Museo Del Barrio:
- founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and
community activists in East Harlem's Spanish-speaking El Barrio.
Author-Illustrator Lulu Delacre (see Scholastic site if this link doesn't
Puerto Rican Carnival- Our Story in History:
Scroll down to Vejigante Masquerader - pdf file
Vejigante Masks and Figurines
A vejigante is a costumed character with Indian, European, and African
roots. The tradition is strongest in coastal towns where African slave
descendants originally settled.
About a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition:
Afro-Puerto Rican Art - Raul Ayala
See more artists on the site:
Crafts in Puerto Rico (click on Masks along the side - other crafts too)
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute- The Tainos of Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico Lesson Plans for Kids:
What Masks Reveal - EDSITEment Lesson Plan:
Puerto Rican, African and Arctic masks.
See A Collectors Vison of Puerto rico:
Traditional Circle GAme from Puerto Rico:
Making Vejigante Masks in your classrrom (ideas)
http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/17_01/Veji171.shtml (brief info)
Fernando Luis Perez Lopez (try to find better images)
ory_Code=001EFer (I didn't take time to Tiny URL)
Enjoy these kids masks! K-1 Vejigante papier mache' masks - Inspired by
book: Vejigante Masquerader by Lulu Delacre
Scroll down to Vejigante masks
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute - Athe Art of Puerto Rico - Lesson Plan:
Yale New Haven Teachers Institute - Mythology: A Study of Puerto Rican Myths
legends and folk tales - Lesson Plan:
Crizmac Resources for Puerto Rico:
Those with more of an interest in masks of Puerto rico might want to
reserach the individual artists/craftsmen in the links above.
Watch for more Art of Puerto Rico from Dawn.
Here is one contemporary artist - too bad the images are watermarkded - Obed
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department