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The Living Mask Making Tradition of the Rarámuri/Tarahumara
Open Through August 31, 2014
Free Admission
Guest Curator Kitty Alice Snead’s exhibit of twenty photographs and two videos document and interpret the practice and meaning of daily life and traditional ceremonial customs of the Rarámuri people of Copper Canyon, Mexico. The following color photos by Kitty Alice Snead are included in the exhibit. The black and white photo of Kitty Alice Snead is by photographer Richard Speedy.

Monarcho and

with mask
Ms. Snead will be speaking on March 22, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  For details on her talk see the [Event Calendar] for March 22.

This exhibit and Ms. Snead’s lecture are made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Additional support is provided by the City of El Paso Museum of Archaeology.


Kitty Alice Snead
on burro

Chapeyoko mask
worn by dancer

The Living Mask Making Tradition of the Rarámuri/Tarahumara, came out of over ten years of contact with the Rarámuri in the Sierra Madre. Ms. Snead worked and traveled for over ten years in Mexico with the ethnologist and Sierra guide “Santiago” James Barnaby who recently passed away in a tragic fire.  Their work and passion has been to study and document the communal rituals and traditional lifestyles of the contemporary Tarahumara peoples. 
The building of roads in the region for tourism, logging and renewed mining of minerals is bringing sweeping changes to the people and their lands.

Please see our Event Calendar for details on our May Events:

  • May 17, 2:00 to 3:00 pm,
    International Museum Day “Bordertown Cooking with Jim Hastings”
  • June 24-27, Archaeology Day Camp for ages 10-12
  • July 8-11, Archaeology Day Camp for ages 7-9

Getting to the Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum can be recognized easily as the one-story reddish-brown color building on the north side of Transmountain Road, adjacent to the National Border Patrol Museum. The two museums are the only buildings on the north side of Transmountain Road, west of Highway 54, surrounded by the Castner Range open space.
Transmountain Road Widening:
TXDOT is widening Transmountain Road in Northeast El Paso, adjacent to the Archaeology Museum. To make your drive to the museum easier, please read the following:
Highway 54 Access:
Use Exit 29 on Highway 54 for the Woodrow Bean Transmountain/Loop 375 exit both north and south bound and proceed west on Transmountain Road about one-quarter mile to reach the museum which is on the north side of Transmountain adjacent to the Border Patrol Museum.
Transmountain Road Access:
The westbound access to the museum on Transmountain Road now includes a right turn lane to enter the museum’s grounds and both a merge lane when leaving the museum’s grounds to go west on Transmountain as well as a turn lane across the median to go east on Transmountain.
From the west side of town, eastbound motorists on Transmountain Road may use the new left turn opening across the median.
The public can call the museum at 915-755-4332 for information and updates.

During inclement weather or a traffic accident, Transmountain Road may be temporarily closed.

For further information call the museum staff at 915-755-4332.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology presents 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico. You’ll see dioramas and exhibits of American Indian lives and their material culture from the Paleoindian hunters of the Ice Age to their modern Indian descendants. The exhibits are periodically changed to reflect the scope of the museum's collections and the interests of the community. Special changing exhibits are located in the auditorium where lectures, family programs, and events are held.
Walk nature trails on our 15 acres with more than 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert native plants, outdoor exhibits and an Indian Garden. A gazebo is available for rent for family picnics and small group activities.
Free tours may be scheduled in advance.

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The Living Mask-Making Tradition of the Rarámuri/Tarahumara

Through August 31, 2013


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