Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Looking closely at the mask, describe what you see. What shapes do you notice? What colors?
  • Gold was called the "sweat of the sun" by the ancient peoples in Peru. What do you think this phrase means? Explain your answer.
  • If you were a Sicán leader, a priest or ruler with great authority, how would being identified with the sun symbolize your power?
  • What adjectives would you use to describe this face? Think about when and where you would wear a mask. What happens when you wear a mask? Masking is an age-old tradition practiced by many cultures.
  • Why would mask like this have been included in a great ruler's tomb?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Look carefully at the gold, Sicán ceremonial mask. Imagine you are the archaeologist who uncovered this mask. Write the article that you will give to the newspapers to announce your find. Be sure to include a good visual description of the mask.