By Pavel Shlossberg
The first ethnographic examine of its type, the booklet examines how indigenous and mestizo masks makers, either renowned and elite, view and contest relatives of strength and inequality via their craft. utilizing information from his interviews with masks makers, creditors, museum curators, editors, and others, Pavel Shlossberg locations the artisans in the greater context in their relationships with the geographical region and Mexican elites, in addition to with the construction cultures that tell foreign arts and crafts markets. In exploring the relationship of masks making to capitalism, the e-book examines the symbolic and fabric pressures dropped at endure on Mexican artisans to embrace and enact self-racializing stereotypes and the functionality of stigmatized indigenous identities.
Shlossberg’s weaving of ethnographic facts and cultural conception demystifies the best way masks makers ascribe desiring to their practices and illuminates how those practices are encouraged through nation and cultural associations. Demonstrating how the perform of masks making negotiates ethnoracial identification with reference to the Mexican nation and the us, Shlossberg indicates the way it derives that means, price, and financial worthy within the eyes of the country and cultural associations that mediate among the masks maker and the market.
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Crafting Identity: Transnational Indian Arts and the Politics of Race in Central Mexico (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) by Pavel Shlossberg