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RE:ID:UBC, mask making

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Janice L Hayes (jlhayes)
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 09:52:01 -0700 (MST)

Jennifer, We had a lot of discussion in my Multi-cultural class last
semester about units of curriculum that are available that call themselves
"multi-cultural." Basically, we were discussing the materials that they
use to make what is then suppose to be referenced to or referred to as an
African, or Native American mask when they use completely different
materials in the making of their mask. Most authentic mask are used for
religious purposes and this aspect needs to be addressed also in your

I think it is possible to teach a well constructed unit on mask, and mask
making, but just be aware of the materials issue and what they mask was
originally intended for and you will have a cohesive unit.

Many cultures use make mask you may want to start by looking at the many
different African tribes that make mask, also be aware that there are many
different tribes and each has different purposes for their mask and they
probably should not be labeled Africa mask, but instead by the tribe.

Janice Hayes
University of Arizona