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Masks of Mexico: Tigers, Devils, and the Dance of Life

Barbara Mauldin

This is a state-by-state guide for collectors and general folk art enthusiasts to learn about the types of masked dances still carried out in Mexico's Indian and mestizo communities today. Close to one hundred color photographs of authenticated masks from the collection of the Museum of International Folk Art are presented, including finely carved pieces from the nineteenth century to simple face coverings made in the past ten years. The masked ceremonies are brought to life with documentary photographs showing masqueraders acting out their roles.


Barbara Mauldin has been a curator of Latin American folk art at the Museum of International Folk Art since 1991. She is the author of Folk Art of the Andes and editor of ¡Carnaval!.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

8.5 x 10.5 in. 128 pages 96 color photographs, 51 documentary photographs