K-12 Lesson Plans from the Boston University African Studies Center
Masks and Masquerades have been a contentious subject in teaching about Africa, for the obvious reason that they have been taught reductively, in a decontextualized way, and have been appropriated in ways that are not respectful of people’s actual practices they come from. These two curriculum units created by Alumni from the BU Masters in Art Education and the Teaching Africa Program present a culturally responsive way of teaching about masks that engages students with mask-making without appropriation, reduction, or reproduction.
Teacher-Made Example of an Egungun Masquerade Costume by Paula Mans
- Dancing with the ancestors: A study of Egungun Masquerades and Nick Cave’s Soundsuits, Pre-K-K. by Paula Mans.
- Exploring Identity through Yoruba culture, Masks, and the Contemporary Artists of the Diaspora, 6th-7th grade, by Marie Darling.