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World Music Drums _ Exploring The Culture of MASKS

“Clowns wear a face that's painted intentionally on them so they appear to be happy or sad. What kind of mask are you wearing today?”

Annonymous quote from Internet



What are masks used for?
Dragon Drummers respond...
for: entertaining, showing feelings / personality, expressing yourself, showing the faces of worship; use in ceremonies, to offend, to show respect, fear, laughter!

Etymology (word origin) according to WIKI
The word "mask" came via French masque and either Italian maschera or Spanish máscara. Possible ancestors are Latin (not classical) mascus, masca = "ghost"; Hebrew masecha= "mask"; Arabic maskharah مَسْخَرَۃٌ = "jester", "man in masquerade", maskhara مَسْخَرَ = "he ridiculed, he mocked", masakha مَسَخَ = "he transfomed" (transitive).

Masks according to
Ritual ceremonies generally depict deities, spirits of ancestors, mythological beings, good and or evil, the dead, animal spirits, and other beings believed to have power over humanity. Masks of human ancestors or totem ancestors (beings or animals to which a clan or family traces its ancestry) are often objects of family pride; when they are regarded as the dwelling of the spirit they represent, the masks may be honored with ceremonies and gifts.

National Core Arts Anchor Standards
Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.

Students will gain understanding of another culture by exploring masks from around the world.
Students create a mask that represents parts of their own culture. (e.g. ethnic culture, kid culture, fantasy culture, etc.) and give the mask a name and "home."

1. Google search masks from different cultures (e.g. use the search word "mask" with New Guinea, Japan, Yaqui, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero, Navaho, Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Peru, etc)
2. Choose one of the masks from your search and copy it the best you can into your DNB.
3. Read and take 1-2 pages of Cornell Notes (including summary & questions) about masks from the article at:
4a. In your DNB, Draw a rough draft your own mask that represents some part of you
Make a final draft of your mask on a seprate piece of paper.
Cut it to the size you want
5. Use Photo Booth to enhance your creation
6. On the back of the mask answer a) Where? b) When? c) Fave Food and d) include a Quote. *see examples below if you are confused)
7. Send the screenshot to Make sure to include your name and all your answers to the Q's on #6

Masks of the Spring Drummers 2018 (in progress)




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Yamil "Half Man"   WHERE: Everywhere   WHEN: Anytime
Tacos QUOTE: "Do You Know Du Way

Carolina "LA llorona" WHERE:Pizza Hut WHEN: 24/7 FAVE FOOD: Pizza QUOTE:"..."

Celeste- "Cry Baby" WHERE:Bed WHEN: Everyday, Anytime
Tears QUOTE:"cry cry cry"



Valerie "Mr. Tiggie" WHERE: Zoo
WHEN: Morning FAVE FOOD: Chicken QUOTE: "ROARs!!"

Jessica: Mr. Fluffy Kims WHERE:Found on the Street WHEN: At Night FAVE FOOD:Happiness QUOTE: "Hungry for your Happiness"


Marlon "Claus eth re" WHERE: Closets WHEN: When your closet is dirty and messy FAVE FOOD: Clean Clothes QUOTE: "Clean your Closet!!"

Amber "Two Faces Smile / Smile" WHERE: both found in Amber's Mind WHEN:both 5/12/14 / FAVE FOOD: Watermelon / Human sacrifice QUOTE: "Let's Play a Game / I want to Play"


Alexis "M" WHERE: E WHEN: 8

Andy "Weirdo" WHERE: At a Taco Stand WHEN:12:59AM
FAVE FOOD: KFC & Kool-AID QUOTE: "Whoop Whoop!"

Aaron: "Smile" WHERE: In the Shadows
WHEN: 9:47PM FAVE FOOD: Human Flesh QUOTE:"You Come, You're Gone"
Savanah: "Master of Disguise" WHERE: Nowhere
WHEN: 24/7 FAVE FOOD: Posole QUOTE:"Don't get lost in my eyes"

Gyanie: "Funnyface" WHERE: Circus WHEN: 8/13/11
FAVE FOOD: Snowcone & Pizza QUOTE: When do you feel like laughing?"

Ulysses: "Meep" WHERE: Everywhere WHEN: 8AM-3PM
FAVE FOOD: Everything QUOTE: "Meep"

Angela: "Allison" WHERE: In the Forest
WHEN: 3:30AM FAVE FOOD: Chicken QUOTE:"Who Am I?"




Drum Masks from previous years

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