What exactly is a vejigante?

What exactly is a vejigante?
Posted on 09/06/2017
Vejigante

What exactly is a vejigante? In Mr. Friedman's Sculpture classes, that is the question of the day. 

Mr. Friedman

The vejigante is a character specific to Puerto Rico and their version of Carnival, one of the most famous and colorful celebrations that takes place in many countries around the Caribbean.

The vejigante  comes from the folklore of the island and reflects the influences of many cultures that have shaped Puerto Rico: the Moors, the Spanish, African influences and the native Taíno culture.  These all combine to create unique, colorful and exciting objects of art.

Designing vejigante masks

Students are learning about the history of the mask and the culture while creating their own caretas (masks) in the style of the vejigante.