Aztec Historic Paper Mask Activities for Kids
Aztec people lived in central Mexico and large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th centuries. Their spoken language was "Nahuatl".
Masks were used in the Andes to dress the faces of the deceased people. Most of these types of masks were constructed of fabric but were also made of beaten copper or gold, and sometimes of clay minerals. Skull masks were common since human skulls were prized by the Aztecs as war trophies. Masks were also used for entertainment purposes and for political and religious events or ceremonies.
When Latin American, pre-Columbian traditions merged with Christian rituals, new traditions developed such as All Souls/Day of the Dead. Masks are important features in current festivals, carnivals and religious dances.
Aztec masks were not worn but generally used for ornamental display in temples by priests in ritual celebrations and events. Many Aztec masks indicate through detailed craftsmanship were made to represent the faces of Aztec gods Xiuhtecuhtli, Tlaloc, and Tezcatlipoca.
Aztec ethnic and cultural world country masks for young children to print, cut out with scissors, color, and decorate with crayons, markers, glitter, feathers, yarn, colorful papers and fabrics. Decorate your masks with preshaped cut and paste designs.