Snapshots and Soundbites Photo Essay: Mexico’s Indigenous Masks

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Snapshots & Soundbites Photo Essay Mexico’s Indigenous Masks

The Snapshot & Soundbites photo essays are companion pieces to our People Are Culture podcast series.

Here we present images and observations on Mexico's indigenous mask-making tradition from Bill LeVasseur, founder & curator of Another Face of Mexico folk art gallery and mask museum in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tune in to our chat with Bill while you peruse these pieces from his collection!

A Window Into Traditions of Mexico's Indigenous Ceremonial Masks


Viejo/Old Man Mask from Quinceo, Michoacan. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


The Dance of the Fish/Pescado. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Day of the Dead. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


The Dance of the Wild Beat/Los Tecuanes. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Carnival. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Dance of the Old Men/Los Viejos. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


The Farmer’s Dance/ Los Tlacolorers. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Xantolo Mask - The Day of the Dead. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


El Catrin/ The Dandy. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Dance of the Corcovi / Korkobi – Viejo mask from The Meseta de Michoacán. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


The Dance of the Conquest. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Dance of the Parachicos. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Dance of the Negritos. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Moors and Christians/Los SantiagosPhoto from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Death in Dances. Pharisee Death Masks from San Bartolo. Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon


Photo from the Collection of Bill LeVasseur, Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum, photographer Leah Feldon

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