People Are Culture Podcast Interview Explores Traditions of Mexico’s Indigenous Ceremonial Masks
Bill LeVasseur is founder & curator of Another Face of Mexico folk art gallery and mask museum in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Originally from Maine, Bill worked from 1968 - 1970 as a professional musician, singer, and recording artist with Decca Records. He then joined an advertising agency, launching a career that lasted 30 years. He was assigned to the international division of his company that took his family to Mexico City from 1974 to 1978, and Brussels from 1978 to 1983. He returned to Mexico City on assignment in 1994. In 1997 he retired from the advertising business and moved to San Miguel de Allende.
Bill has been collecting Mexican ceremonial masks for as long as he has been in Mexico, and still travels extensively to see and film dance ceremonies and acquire masks. His mask-collecting hobby has now become an avocation to document and share the indigenous ceremonial customs with mask museum visitors, college audiences and Mexican school children. The museum opened to the public in February of 2006.
For more on Other Faces of Mexico Mask Museum, visit http://www.maskmuseumsma.com/