People all over the world use masks. A mask can cover the face or can even be part of a costume for the whole body! No matter the shape, masks temporarily change the identity of the wearer. In African cultures, masks can be used in a variety of ways, as part of storytelling, ceremonies, celebrations, and rituals. Masks and the performance of masks also connect people with the history of their community, traditions and their collective identity.
Kuba masks are made with many different materials and link people with their history and royal lineage. This mask embodies Mweel, the first queen of the Kuba kingdom.
The calm face and symmetrical decorations represent Mweel as an “ideal woman,” who is graceful and beautifully adorned.
What Details should you add? Add anything that reminds you of your community. You can draw symbols that embody the city in which you live, or maybe you could draw your school mascot. Add fun shapes and patterns, or use colors that exemplify a community, like school colors or a local sports team’s colors.
Questions to Consider when making your mask: