Pahko'ra/Pahko'ola: Mayo and Yaqui Masks from the James S. Griffith Collection
Opening Fall 2019
Masks worn by Mayo and Yaqui Pascola dancers hold deep cultural significance. The masks and related traditions are integral to the lifeways of the Mayo and Yaqui people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Guest curated by Santiago Benton (Mayo) and Daniel Vega (Yaqui), who consulted with community elders, in collaboration with ASM curators and University of Arizona folklorist Jim Griffith, this exhibit showcases over 30 masks, photographs, and commentary. Most of the masks featured in the exhibit were collected by Dr. Griffith in the 1960s and later donated to Arizona State Museum.
This exhibit is made possible in part by grants from Arizona Humanities and the Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation.