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The Puerto Rican Vejigante

The importance of teaching art in its social and cultural context

<p>The Puerto Rican Vejigante</p>

"Can we make those?" my students called out, as we studied the colorful Vejigante masks of Puerto Rico in a video.

"Yes we can make these masks," I assured them. "Let's figure out what the Vejigante mask is all about. That will help us build our own mask interpretations."

For each slide that flashed on the screen, I asked my students, "What do you notice? What do you wonder?"

Jasmina jumped in, "I notice lots of spots. They painted them with spots, on every mask. I wonder why?"

"I see lots of horns, I notice they are scary," said Orlando.

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