Masks Celebrating Many Cultures

Rituals, ceremonies, and traditions served as the strong connection for any culture to the spiritual world. Life and death were not to be afraid of, but intertwined elements, for the dead protected the living, granting them blessings that allowed their existence to thrive with new life. To abide with these traditions, masks were used in essential roles, created to portray ancestors, animals, and mythical heroes to please the spirits and in hopes of being blessed with protection or good tidings.


The masks displayed in this exhibition portrays how different cultures created their own masks by employing the materials, colors, styles that are significant to their beliefs with one underlying theme that stayed consistent: to celebrate life and death.