Camilo Álvarez Buitimea 2

This series of posts about Yoeme (Yaqui) Pascola masks began on July 4, 2016.

Last week we looked at three or four made for sale masks by Camilo Álvarez Buitimea, followed by dog and human faced masks by this carver that had been danced.

Today we will examine some additional danced and made for sale examples, but with a difference—the danced masks will prove to be as unusual as the made for sale masks. I ‘ll start with one of the made for sale masks, apparently depicting a skunk.


The expression on this face, which projects anxiety or shyness, is achieved with such simplicity.


Note the flared rim on this mask.


This mask is 7½ inches tall, 5¼ inches wide, and 2¾ inches deep.


The very faint inscription on the back says “CAB, 5/05.” We see the usual contour and no staining from use.

The second made for sale mask portrays the face of a sea turtle.


We see the sea turtle’s biting jaws.


The yellow and green colors somehow evoke an underwater effect.


This mask is 7¼ inches tall, 5 inches wide, and 3 inches deep.


The inscription on the back of this mask says “CAB, 12/99.”

In contrast, here are two danced masks from the collection of Barney Burns and Mahina Drees. The first is a brown bat.


One sees bat ears and little yellow teeth.


As usual for Camilo’s animal masks, there is no forehead cross, even on a danced example.


One can see that Camilo loves bright colors.




The rim is stained in comparison to the lighter color of the unstained center of the back. It was said to have been danced for two years.

The last in this series, another mask that was said to have been danced for one year, portrays a Tiger.


This mask also has yellow teeth.


Tigre is the Mexican word for Jaguar. Is this a Tiger or a Jaguar? Probably it represents a Jaguar.




There is mild staining from use on the back.

Next week we will finish looking at masks by Camilo.

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