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Activity

Danza Ocelotl Masks

Be inspired by Yreina Cervantez to create a mask that highlights who you are, what you like, where you come from, and/or who you hope to become.

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Docent Introduction
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Inspiration
Yreina Cervantez, Danza Ocelotl, 1983

Yreina Cervantez's Mask

In Danza Ocelotl, Yreina Cervantez created a self-portrait in which she is holding a mask. The mask is made up of different icons: her nose is a jaguar, her cheeks are hearts and skulls, and her chin is a crescent moon. Cervantez created this to showcase her culture and to show pride in her heritage and who she is as a person.

This work is associated with Self-Help Graphics, the East Los Angeles printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s.

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Instructions

Make It Your Own

  • Use your imagination to create a mask that highlights who you are, what you like, where you come from, and/or who you hope to become.
  • Use paper plates, paper, glue, glitter, feathers, pipe cleaners, or anything you have available at home.
  • If you don’t have any of these materials readily available, draw a mask. Use pencils, colored pencils, pastels, markers, or anything you have at home!
  • Share your mask with us!
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Show Us Your Work