The Feathered Masks of Tlaxcala Mexico, Dance of the Huehues

Tlaxcala Conquistador Mask with paper feathers

Tlaxcala Papel Mache Conquistador Mascara

The Dance of the Huehues (old men)  in Tlaxcala, Mexico is one with magnificent masks and hats.  It derives from the 1500’s when the indigenous people of Mexico perceived the dress and actions of the Spanish conquistadors to be silly and loved to make fun of their square dances and other activities. These two wall masks (above) come from Tlaxcala and are meant for display and not dancing!

Puebla Masks with feathers

The above photo is taken from an article in the SantaFeNewMexican.com about an upcoming festival that celebrates the vibrant culture of Mexico. Enjoy!

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