Are mask only used during Halloween to scare people? Well, the children who visited the Hiawatha library discovered that people in the West African country of the Ivory Coast use mask to show respect to their dead ancestors such as grandparents, great grandparents, uncles or aunts. A special celebration is set aside to honor the ancestors and many unique and elaborate masks
are worn at that time. In addition, the Ivory Coast country is known throughout Western Africa to have some of the best mask makers. As a result, a national competitive contest is held to award outstanding mask makers. Now, the children did not engage in any competitive mask making. They were shown examples of Ivory Coast masks and then they had the opportunity to create their own masks, which turned out quite nicely. The masks are currently on display in the Hiawatha Library.