What Masks Reveal

In this lesson, students explore the cultural significance of masks by investigating the role they play in ceremonies and on special occasions in societies from widely separated regions of the world. They then reflect on masking behavior in American society, such as at Halloween and in the circus.

Guiding Questions

What can masks tell us about the people who make them?

Learning Objectives

To become aware of the social purpose and significance of cultural artifacts such as masks.

To recognize the influence that stereotyping can have on one's response to artifacts of a different culture or society.

To explore connections between cultures and societies -- including American society -- relating to their use of masks.