Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaneda
May 4–August 17, 2014
With long beards cascading from their chins and hair sometimes falling over their eyes, the painted and etched wood masks by the Yaqui (Yoeme) of northern Mexico are haunting, humorous, playful, and arresting. Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaneda showcases the collection of Yaqui pahko’ola masks and rattles field collected in the 1960s by former UCLA scholar Carlos Castaneda. The exhibition includes video and photographs that provide an opportunity to see the masks in context and in performances during pahko’ola rituals, which take place throughout the year, including for important ceremonies.