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African tribal masks color book printable images. Teach about culture and traditions of various tribe and social structures with these face-masks which are loosely based upon photographs of actual, historical African masks.
Each real carved mask is created according to a traditional style, depending upon customs and traditions of each tribe or family group. These ceremonial masks are generally worn by trained performers. African masks are dramatic portraits of spirit beings, departed ancestors, and invisible powers of social control.
Some African masks can come complete with elaborately decorated full-body costumes. These outfits were worn originally as part of traditional celebrations, complete with costumed dancers, vibrant music, and stylized dance movements.
Zyama.com has an extensive photo-collection collection of African masks and artifacts in the African Art Museum with some items dating back hundreds of years. The online museum also provides detailed information about each mask, where it came from and the culture of the people. A school teacher of ethnic culture, or African-American history should find this section quite useful. Parents and grandparents might find these masks a useful and fun method of teaching children about their family lineage. Track your genealogy with the Easy Family Tree charts.
These patterns should be printed on card stock or traced onto cardboard.
These ceremonial events carried important social, religious, and moral values for the whole community.
Be sure to also visit the Wild Animal Masks section.