(Un)masking Cultural Awareness

Senora Talty Goes Muertos


     The 2014 – 2015 Spanish language classes taught by Mrs. (or Señora) Chelsea Talty celebrated the Mexican holiday of dia de los muertos. The point of the holiday is to honor peoples’ deceased relatives. Dia de los muertos is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd and some people of Mexican heritage in the

     Sra. Talty started doing this activity her first year of teaching at Ledgemont High School during the 2010 – 2011 school year. She decided to continue that tradition when she moved over here to West G. Now, every year, she has students in each of her classes create either a mask, skeleton, or papel picado. A mask is a skull that is decorated with flowers and gems and is usually worn on the head. The skeleton is decorated like the skull, but it also includes all of the bones. Papel Picado is a picture that is made out of paper – shaped diamonds that are all colored differently.

     What Sra. Talty is trying to do is promote awareness. She said, “We want to promote cultural awareness. Most people believe dia de los muertos is similar to Halloween when, in reality, it is more like a Memorial Day.”