Although introduced by Spanish settlers, the island's carnival celebrations, like mask making, mu
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 2/19/2009
Carnival celebrations featuring performers dressed as devils are found in Puerto Rico and the rest Latin America. The presence of these characters during Carnival is understood by many as an ancient reference to the contest between good and evil. The devilish mask pictured here was made for the carnaval de Ponce. Its collector, Teodoro Vidal, played a key role in publicizing the Ponce carnival and documenting its traditions of mask making and public performance.