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Mask-Making
Visual Arts Demonstration:
The Masks of Mali
Phillip Muzi Branch


Masks are face coverings that alter and transform the identities of the African performers wearing them. Most masks and costumes in Africa are physical representations of spirits, beings associated with spirits or cultural heroes. They are an important part of ceremonies of initiation and transformation. They bridge the human and spirit realms through elaborate spectacles that combine music, dance, costumes, sculpture, and feasting. Phillip Muzi Branch will demonstrate to your students how to create their own masks in the tradition of Mali using simple materials.