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Looking Guide – Educator’s Summary
Resource: Exhibition looking guide
Audience: 6th‐12th Grade Students* *This is an appropriate self-guided activity for grades 6 through 12. However, educators may guide younger students through this lesson by gathering a group around one suit and helping them identify colors, materials, and symbols.
Summary: Students will choose one suit in the exhibition to observe closely. They will describe the colors and materials of the suit. Then they will search for religious and cultural symbols and images on the suit and interpret the suit’s meaning, using the information in the guide for context. Next, they will search for these religious and cultural themes throughout the exhibition. Finally, students will draw or describe their suit design and explain its significance.
Xavier University of Louisiana
African American, Masking, Spirituality, Mardi Gras
African History | African Languages and Societies | Arts and Humanities
Vaz-Deville, Kim, "Looking Guide – Educator’s Summary" (2021). Mystery in Motion: African American Spirituality in Mardi Gras. 30.