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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Behind the Masks in Mexico

La Catrina – In Mexican folk culture, the Catr...Image via Wikipedia
I came across this video surfing about Mexican masking traditions and thought to my self there is a lot of African influence in there, take a look at the video its a lesson in history too...

"Masked festivals in Mexico are a thriving tradition; their unbroken evolution can be traced from the pre European period to the present, including African influences introduced by slaves of the Spanish. BEHIND THE MASKS IN MEXICO, exhibited at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on Mexican masked dance in the United States. Curators, exhibition designers, a camera crew and consultants spent thousands of hours in six Mexican villages researching the festivals of Carnival, Holy Week, Corpus Christi, Day of the Dead Christmas, and Patron Saints Day. The Museum of International Folk Art houses a large Latin American collection, including this country's largest holding of Mexican folk art and one of this nation's largest museum collections of Mexican masks. PROFILE: Miguel Caro Albuquerque dancer, specializing in traditional and contemporary dance. Here Caro dances several Mexican folk dances with his usual high energy and love of Mexican folk life. Orginally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME."

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