What’s Behind The Mask?

Levels: 9-12

Subject: Arts, history, social studies, ELL/ESL

An examination of the history and use of masks and why the Zapatistas cover their faces

Objectives: This lesson aims to answer the question “Why do the Zapatistas cover their faces?” It will do so by looking at the history of masks, their significance, their functions, and their role in modern popular culture. It will focus on the special meaning and significance of the paliacate and the ski-mask for Zapatistas. 

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