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Ritual Mask

This ritual mask is made out of wood and is pink and black and has a crown shape. The mask is used for Los Pastores, a morality play that takes place around Christmas time and is about the shepherds’ journey to Bethlehem to see the infant Jesus Christ.

Papel Picado

These tissue cut-outs, known as “papel picado” (punched paper) are made from fine colored tissue paper cut into various shapes, possibly related to the Dios de los Muertos celebrations.

Branding Iron

This Mexican branding Iron from La Sirena. This branding iron was forged by hand and is the combination of two letters, the letter ‘P’ and the letter ‘S’. The end of the letter ‘S’ is stopped with an arrow, the end of the letter ‘P’ is a perpendicular line....

Mexican American Studies Digital Archives

View some of ITC’s digitized collections created for a MAS workshop held in Summer 2021, a Smithsonian Learning Lab event hosted by Dr. Lilliana Saldana, UTSA Associate Professor and Mexican American Studies Program Coordinator, Aurelio M. Montemayor, M. Ed, Intercultural Development Research Association Family Engagement Coordinator, and Gilbert Flores,...