Puerto Rican Mask

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My object is a Vejigante mask it was used for festivals to worship the African gods. ( This is why some Puerto Ricans are darker then others )If you've ever been to Puerto Rico, you've probably seen vejigante masks. It is brightly colored, fantastically whimsical masks adorn the walls of countless in San Juan and around the island. There are many types of mask. But what are they, and where do they come from? The answer lies in the history of Puerto Rico, one rich with African, Taino, and European ties.
This is from Puerto Rico. My dad remembers going to Puerto Rico and seeing the festivals. This is important to my family because it has been past down from generation to generation.
During the festivals people would wear the mask and do a dance. There are many sizes of the mask. They are also during holidays.The mask are made of clay and they are painted in many colors.
When I look at this mask, I don’t see something scary at all, but beauty. I see all the rich history and traditions that make up Puerto Rico.

Place(s): Puerto Rico

– L

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant