Q: I have been hesitating about whether to buy these masks that are purportedly from the Tarahumaras. I have never seen anything like them before. They are 12-15 inches high. What do you think? Christophe, 1006
A: They are from the Tarahumara who live in the remote Copper Canyons of southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in northwestern Mexico. These isolated Indians are the fastest long-distance runners in the world. The masks are new, but traditional in style. You can see one that is older and has a little color on page 115 of our book, Masks of the World, by Ibold & Yohn. B
Here’s a little discussion between me and Chis that maybe you would like to try…
Bob: The pic looks good on the blog. But I think in today’s market the eBay price is a little high.
Chris: They look like Tarahumara masks then? They must be a rare item because I can’t find much reference to Tarahumara masks online!
Bob: Yes. They are a very small and secluded culture. Their masks should be considered rare.